prepare to go back to school, many of them will carry cell phones, iPads,
iPods, laptops and other electronic devices everywhere from the classroom to
the car. The Better Business Bureau reminds students and their parents to talk
about ways to keep electronics and personal information out of the wrong hands.
school supplies with the students name and a notice “If lost please return to”
in the hope that something will be returned is just not sufficient” says Sandra
Crozier-Mckee, President and CEO of the BBB serving Southern Alberta and the
East Kootenays. “Thieves are interested in stealing more than your personal
property. They could be trying to gain access to sensitive information such as
emails, text messages, calendars, bank account information, Social Insurance
Numbers, photos, and even social media network logins.
campuses, cafeterias, local hang outs and even classrooms can be an easy target
for those looking to "score" expensive electronic devices and
personal information. .
the following advice to students and parents on how to keep personal property
and sensitive information safe at school:
- Use password protections. Even if a thief steals your
electronic device, having password protections could limit their access to
your personal information. Avoid sharing passwords with friends or
carrying them around on paper.
- Avoid entering sensitive
information into your device on unencrypted public wireless networks. Even novice hackers can
download simple programs that allow them to track your movements online
when you're using unprotected wireless networks. If you can avoid it, wait
until you can use an encrypted connection to type passwords and other
sensitive information into your web browser.
- Use bells and whistles. Depending on your security
needs, an alarm can be a useful tool. Some laptop alarms sound when
there's unexpected motion, or when the computer moves outside a specified
range around you. Or consider a kind of "lojack" for your
laptop: a program that reports the location of your stolen laptop once
it's connected to the Internet.
For more information,
or to arrange for an interview, please contact:
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta and