How to Protect Yourself Against These Common Cyber Threats
Your browser history is a road map of your browsing patterns. Not only does this information show what sites you have visited, it also shows dates and times, and in some cases the actual location you were at when browsing. In the wrong hands, this information can lead to phishing attacks or potentially even blackmail.
Our suggestions? Browse in ‘private’ or ‘incognito mode’, especially if using a public computer. This will make it so that no harvestable data will be stored. Another option is to clear your browser cache often. This is another good way to get rid of potentially damaging or sensitive information.
When paired with bookmarks, saved logins are a truly dangerous combination. All it would take for someone to steal your information is two mouse-clicks. Saved login credentials paired with access to an email account is possibly the worst situation that can happen.
Our suggestion? Never store and never write down any of your login credentials. Take advantage of the many free login managers to store your passwords. Some of the free applications include KeePass and Password Safe.
Home addresses, phone numbers, and credit card information are all common auto-fill information that people tend to use when browsing. This is all information that you wouldn’t want to end up in the wrong hands.
We would highly suggest turning off auto-fill for any confidential or personal information.
COOKIES & CACHE
Cookies can reveal where you might go and what your account name might be. Your Cache involved storing sections of webpages that you’ve visited for easier access/loading. Malware can easily prey on the information stored in your cookies and cache.
Our suggestion? Browse in ‘private’ or ‘incognito mode’ or frequently clear your cookies and cache on your browser, especially after accessing sensitive information.
If you’re an educator, you know it’s graduation time and that summer break is finally here. But even as students graduate and everyone gets ready to enjoy their summer, there’s a looming question: what about the 2020-2021 school year?
Many governors, state legislators, school district officials, teachers, and parents are worried that state and local funding for education will be cut due to coronavirus (COVID-19). NPR provided details that as education receives more than half its funding from state budgets, but declining income and sales tax revenues means that some states will have a budget gap that may eclipse that felt from the Great Recession. Colorado alone is looking at 3 billion dollars in total budget decline.
Many schools and school districts are still unsure what the school year brings next year, especially with the potential for a spike in new coronavirus cases this fall. So far, schools are looking at a wide range of options, including opening for in-person learning, opening early (before fall), moving completely to online learning, and even canceling classes.
But it’s not time to panic yet.
Recently, Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education) announced in a press release that at least $13.2 billion is now available to education agencies supporting students K-12. In the press release, the Department of Education indicated, “Education leaders will have the flexibility to use funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) for immediate needs, such as tools and resources for distance education, ensuring student health and safety, and developing and implementing plans for the next school year.”
From the same press release, the Department hopes to streamline the process and cut red tape that could delay funding. State education agencies “(SEAs) have until July 1, 2020, to apply for ESSER funds by submitting a simple signed Certification and Agreement form to [email protected] The Department intends to process each submitted form within three business days of receipt.”
Get more details and learn how to apply.
As the U.S. still struggles with issues related to COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus), help is coming from the government.
Many people know about aspects of the CARES Act that help individuals and businesses, but did you know the CARES Act also assists state, local, and tribal government agencies? There are various restrictions and time limits. And there are instances where the U.S. government (such as the Treasury) approves or weighs in.
Experience working with government
At DHE, we have years of experience working with government, getting them the technology they need.
It’s a sign of the times. Just about daily we see questions from panicked IT personnel asking who has Chromebooks and whether they’re available for this fall (2020 – 2021).
For DHE, the answer is: we do and yes. We have Chromebooks and we can ship them quickly, before your fall semester starts.
Here are a few other FAQ and answers regarding Chromebooks.
Does my school district already have a contract with DHE?
Maybe! We’ve already been working with a number of schools and are covered by a variety of contracts that make it easier to do business with us. See our contracts page for details.
How many school districts are you supporting?
A bunch throughout the U.S.! We’re supporting more than 600,000 students (and schools and school districts). Just to name some local schools, we’re supporting Denver Public Schools, Jeffco County and Douglas County. Just this week, we sent Chromebooks to the East Coast.
We want to help schools improve education and are working hard to ensure we have inventory.
Why should we choose DHE?
Lots of reasons.
We’ve been in business more than 30 years. In the computer world, that’s rare.
We’re known for great customer service. (The way most people hear about us right now is through referrals.) We often make the impossible happen because we care so deeply. See our customer reviews if you’re curious.
Along with that, we add imaging, enrollment, deployment, testing, and other red carpet services. Our goal is to make it easier on IT people, teachers, and students. (We know there’s a lot happening right now.)
We have a variety of stock. It’s because we’ve been working with well-known brands for 30+ years.
Lastly, we have affordable pricing. We even have specials for educators in Arizona.
There’s no obligation and our sales personnel can help you quickly. it’s just that easy.
COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) has impacted everyone, in many areas. Government agencies have been affected, which further impacts people. Learn more about the limitations and what to expect. Here are a few statistics to show how dire things are.
As of May 2020 the unemployment rate is 13.3% according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Ohio (as an example) had a $200 million budget surplus in February 2020. “By the end of April, there was a $777 million hole, a nearly $1 billion swing in two months,” indicated the New York Times.
State and local governments, says the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) spend 90% of budgets on K-12 education.
Also according to the CFR, state pensions have fallen to the lowest point in three decades. In fact, Illinois is so badly in the hole on funding state pensions, they’re barely — indicated by the New York Times — above a junk bond credit rating.
So what can state and local governments do?
In fact, state and local government agencies are struggling so much, they’re looking for ways to save money. DHE has a few ideas.
Leverage the CARES Act. Some state and local government have already rushed to get money and gotten approval, such as Portland, Oregon.
Find ways to save money while increasing efficiency and effectiveness, including using products and solutions — such as DHE — that are affordable. For example, many K-12 organizations are using Chromebooks as an easy way to improve online learning at an affordable rate.
Carefully manage cutbacks. Like businesses are doing, maybe ask employees who can or wants to volunteer to be furloughed.