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If you use email, FaceBook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Twitter, any of over 60 social media apps, online games, online banking, online shopping, or have ever accessed the Internet you have likely been targeted and hacked!
First question is:
1) How vulnerable are you?
- Password Security (Yes you are guilty) – This is probably the greatest vulnerability
- Simple passwords, passwords used on multiple sites, no 2 Factor Authentication
- Mobile Security (Yes you are guilty)
- Accessed “free wi-fi”, no passcode on device or easy to guess
- Browsing Security (Yes you are guilty)
- Getting “Click-happy on links”, not checking for secure sites
- Email Security (Yes you are guilty)
- Getting “Click-happy on links”, not securing your email account
The next question is, what can you?:
What’s your password strategy?
Easy to remember – – Easy to hack. Hard to hack – – hard to remember? The best bet is an online Password Manager that creates strong passwords for each login and enters the passwords for you.
Here at the school we use a program called “1password” which can be shared/accessed by multiple mobile devices, desktop computers, and multiple family members.
Check out their blogs and support pages at https://blog.1password.com
Hackers are getting more sophisticated and difficult to detect – all they need to do is get you to let down your guard for just a few minutes.
Where’s your email been?
A majority of websites now ask you to use an email address for your login and most link your access verification to an email. This means that your email account may be one of the most vulnerable areas of your Internet presence. A lot of compromised email accounts are due to companies being hacked and a lack of good security on your part.
Check your email: Enter your email address in the following page – it will return a list of sites your email(s) may have been compromised on (shows you the need for changing email passwords.)
What is the answer?
Your best defense is a good offense:
- Set secure passwords on all logins – use 2 Factor Authentication as much as possible
- Don’t click links in emails unless you are 100% sure of their origin (ie call the sender and ask)
- Don’t give out personal/financial info to any unsolicited email, phone call, text, social media post
- When in doubt – – Check it out – – ask a friend to help you be safe
Remember – once it’s on the Internet – It’s forever on the Internet
Today is the Last Day for MCA Families to try and order a free Kinsa Thermometer!
125 Maranatha Christian Academy families have joined our FLUency school group and ordered free Kinsa Smart Thermometers.
Kinsa will likely run out of free thermometers in the next two days, so this is your last chance to sign up and get yours!
To join, text ‘fluency’ to 555888 and download the Kinsa app.
When you see the green ‘Thermometer Ordered’ screen, you’re set! Your thermometer will be in your hands by mid-February.
Source: Kinsa Inc.Read More
It’s a new year, and that means new apps on your tweens’ and teens’ phones. While the old standbys like Snapchat and Instagram are still going strong, there’s no shortage of social media, video-sharing, and homework-help apps that are popular but not necessarily household names.Of course, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with every hot new app, which makes knowing the risky features — like interaction with strangers, anonymity, privacy concerns, and iffy content — a solid first step. But it’s still important to know the specifics of what’s on your kid’s device and whether or not you’ll allow it to stay there.
Read the whole article from Common Sense Media and CNN:
Disappearing message apps are all the rage right now on social media, but are they as unsafe as they seem? Find out exactly what’s so harmful about phantom posts on Snapchat and Instagram.
MCA is proud to partner with Kinsa and their Health App/Smart Thermometers!
With Kinsa, MCA gave away, for free, more than 100 Smart Thermometers to our families. We are pleased to announce there is another chance to get more! Keep reading!
Here is an article from Good Morning America featuring Kinsa on January 17, 2019:
At a time when more than 6 million people in the U.S. have had the flu so far this season, “Good Morning America” explored some apps that can help keep you and your family informed and healthy this winter.
Of course always remember to consult your doctor if you’re feeling sick and to read the fine print when downloading any app.
Smart thermometers have been increasing in popularity in recent years, and Kinsa is one of many currently available on the market. You have to buy one of their thermometers for $20 (it’s available on places like Amazon or Walmart), but you can download the Kinsa app for free.
The app lets you build a profile for you and your family, and it allows you to track their symptoms if their not feeling well.
You can also plug in symptoms such as cough, earache or fatigue, and it can tell you steps you can be taking to feel better.
The app is especially helpful for parents because you can plug in children’s symptoms and it can offer guidance based on their age.
For example, it can tell you when you should consult a doctor and give you guidance on how to soothe children’s symptoms. A fever for a 1-year-old means something very different than a fever for a 10-year-old, so this app can help give your child the care they need.
But there is more, if you are an MCA Family!
If you sign up in the app before January 31, 2019 and select Maranatha as your school (this is done from the button on the bottom of the app on your smartphone,) and have not signed up before, you may still receive a free thermometer!
Supplies are limited. Sign up now!
TikTok has become a social force to be reckoned with, but not everyone uses this video-sharing app as intended. Bark breaks down what parents need to know.
Snapchat is one of the fastest-growing social media apps available today. It allows people to snap and caption photos as part of a conversation. This is viewed as far more personal than simple text messaging. Although Snapchat certainly has fun features, it’s important to discuss safety with kids – especially they have their own mobile phones. Here’s how to approach the conversation and keep your child safe online.