Combination of Earlier Online Safety Posts

Posted on April 7, 2010. Filed under: educational, Technology | Tags: , |

Because I was planning on teaching our class about online safety for the March teach us session, I didn’t want to give away the topic beforehand.  Here are some of the thought processes I was going through when I was researching about tech safety.

March 3, 2010

I found this blog called Techrepublic.  They have many interesting articles about online safety, viruses, botnets etc.  I found this post about the top 10 spam botnets.  This post was interesting because it made me really think about what makes a botnet big.  Do you measure the size of a botnot by how many spam emails it sends out or do you measure the size of a bot not by how many computers it has in it’s hub?  I’m still debating whether or not I want to talk about botnets.  They are quite complex and I’m not sure how relevant it is to teaching and learning.

March 10, 2010

I found this site and it is very interesting.  It is basically trying to get you or your company to have these people come in and do a training course.  The awesome part is that these people are hackers.  Apparently Sharon Conheady is a big name in the hacking business- but she does it for the right reasons.  She basically does what she can to break into your organization’s computer system, and then her and her team will fix the problem afterwards.  From what I understand, most of the vulnerabilities or weaknesses are people- so they do a training session to teach employees how to be safe against social engineers.

March 11, 2010

The site is a great resource for classroom teachers.  There are different games and activities you can have your students do that will teach them about giving out personal information, netiquette, phishing emails, and spam.  They have a list of resources for elementary and middle years children.

March 16, 2010

THIS IS RIDICULOUS! Do you want to know how valuable our information is?  Not very.  The Techrepublic blog put up a chart that gives us an idea of how cheap our information really is to people who want to steal it.

$1.50 credit card number, cvv2
$5-$50 stolen medical ID card
$6-$18 basic identity information
$6 British passport number and bank details
$7 hijacked PayPal account with credentials
$14-16 “fulls” are a complete set of data identifiers, i.e. name, address social security number, bank account, and mothers maiden name
$30 Passwords and codes to access consumer credit reports
$30-$300 immigration papers with a social security card

That makes me so frustrated! If I got my name, SIN number, bank account information etc. stolen, it could take me years to clear that up, and they could steal thousands of dollars- and they think it’s worth $14-16 dollars? Yikes. I better be careful

March 22, 2010

This is a really cool website made by the government’s Federal Trade Commission.  It is a game/activity based site for students that takes them through a virtual mall.  They complete different activities and learn about advertising techniques, privacy stealing, bogus products or scams etc.  Middle years students would totally be into this!

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