St. Mary Parish Schools

St. Mary Parish Schools



    St. Mary Parish CyberSAFE Program

    As part of the district's continuing efforts to help parents, students, employees, and community members stay safe online, the Technology Department offers weekly suggestions that we hope help maintain Secure Access For Everyone to online applications and content. 


  • Beware of Offers to "Fix" Your Computer

    Posted by Susan Dupre at 4/12/2017 6:00:00 AM

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers about con-artists--scammers--who are sending pop-up computer warnings or making phone calls that offer unnecessary and often harmful tech support services.

    One scammer actually sent spam emails falsely claiming that the FTC had hired them to remove problem software.  As of today, the lawsuit filed by the FTC against this scammer has resulted in the court ordering the defendent to shut down his websites and phone numbers, stop claiming he is affiliated with the FTC, and inform current customers that he is not affiliated with the FTC.

    If you received one of those email messages, the FTC want to hear about it.

    If you get a pop-up, a call, or an email that contains an urgent message about a virus on your commputer, just STOP. The FTC's advice: "Don't click any links, don't send any money, and don't give anyone control of your computer.  The person behind the message probably wants access to your computer to grab your data, install malware, or sell you unnecessary services."  Please report these contacts to the FTC's Complaint page

    Check out this short video that you can share with your family. 


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  • Do a Digital Spring Cleaning!

    Posted by Susan Dupre at 4/5/2017 8:00:00 AM

    StaySafeOnline reports that the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) are encouraging consumers to get their online lives in good order by conducting a thorough cleanse of their cyber clutter and make “digital spring cleaning” an annual ritual to help protect valuable personal data.

    The NCSA has released the following tips for spring cleaning:

    • Keep a clean machine:  Update your OS software to reduce risk from malware.
    • Lock down your login:  Usernames and passwords are not enough for important accounts.  For banking and credit card accounts, enable additional authentication tools like biometrics (fingerprints) or one-type codes sent to your mobile phone.
    • Declutter: Delete apps you no longer use, which will also free up storage space and increase battery life. Also, take a look at what apps are using Location Services, Bluetooth, microphone, and camera, and deny access to questionable apps.
    • Do a digital message purge: Do you have a thousand unread emails?  Clean t
      • Save only those you need.  In our district, you can always find them in DataCove.
      • Unsubscribe to bulk email you no longer want.  
      • If that doesn't work (and it often doesn't), you can either
        • Identifiy the sender as Junk | Block Sender by right-clicking on any unopened message
        • Or move one email from the sender to Clutter, which will then continue to move emails from that sender there. 
    • Own your online presence: Review the pricacy and security settings on websites you use.  It's really okay to limit how and with whom you share information about your life.

    The BBB adds a tip about devices that capture and store sensitive personal data. In addition to computer hard drives, consider external hard drives,  CDs and DVDs, USB (flash) drives, and even wearable devices.

    • Before discarding or transferring ownership of these devices, wipe them clean by overwriting them or performing a full factory reset.  
    • Even hard drives that have failed contain sensitive information that can be used by cybercriminal. The safest way to discard an old hard drive is to have it shredded--chipped into small pieces.  
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