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For many, a new school year symbolizes a new beginning. For kids it’s as much a celebration as New Year’s Eve for adults. New beginnings, a clean slate and starting over. No wonder we want to prepare for it as best we can, to set ourselves, and our children, up for success.

The preparation should not only include the purchase of new school supplies and books, today a very important part is, and should be, digital security and privacy. We may omit this at times, but unfortunately the back-to-school season offers a great opening for phishing, ransomware and other types of scams to deceive both us and our children.

Set yourself up for success

There are several threats to look out for, for example the aforementioned phishing scams or ransomware attacks. Make sure you watch out for the most common back to school scams, such as scholarship scams, tech support scams and other. However, using these tips you can prevent them from happening and have a cybersafe start of the new school year.

What to do?

·         Do not click unknown links or open suspicious emails

·         Avoid sharing personal information

·         Keep your operating system (OS) up to date

·         Never use unknown portable devices: USB sticks, other people’s smartphones

·         Watch out for bad grammar/generic openings

·         Use a strong password and don´t leave your device unlocked or unattended

·         Back up your data regularly

·         Ask your school or university about their privacy and security policy

·         If you are a parent, invest in efficient Parental Control

Secure your mobile device

Whether you are a parent, a teacher or a child, your phone is a powerful tool. It is certainly a great tool to keep in contact, stay on top of assignments and other school activities. But it is also a tool for malicious actors to invade your privacy and security. Keeping it safe is therefore one of the key things in ensuring a smooth and safe back to school transition.

A great way to start is with ESET Mobile Security on your Android mobile devices. It is a solution that ensures security against a multitude of mobile threats while securing users’ data.

ESET Mobile Security aims to provide a safe environment by leveraging its Anti-Phishing feature. The feature integrates with the most common web browsers (Chrome and many others) available on Android devices to provide protection to any and all online activities you want to carry out.

We recommend you keep Anti-Phishing enabled at all times. All malicious websites, listed in the ESET malware and phishing database, will be blocked and a warning notification will be displayed informing you of the attempted attack. 

ESET Mobile Security makes your Android phones and devices easy to find and harder to steal, and it helps to protect your valuable data.

The most powerful tool

Your most powerful tool when trying to keep your children safe in the digital world is educating yourself, talking to them about healthy use of digital and the threats they may encounter. Have regular conversations with your children about privacy, security and proper online behavior. Make sure they feel safe to talk to you about anything that might make them feel uncomfortable in the digital world.


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About ESET

For 30 years, ESET® has been developing industry-leading IT security software and services for businesses and consumers worldwide. With solutions ranging from endpoint and mobile security, to encryption and two-factor authentication, ESET’s high-performing, easy-to-use products give consumers and businesses the peace of mind to enjoy the full potential of their technology. ESET unobtrusively protects and monitors 24/7, updating defenses in real-time to keep users safe and businesses running without interruption. Evolving threats require an evolving IT security company. Backed by R&D centers worldwide, ESET becomes the first IT security company to earn 100 Virus Bulletin VB100 awards, identifying every single “in-the-wild” malware without interruption since 2003. For more information visit or follow us on  FacebookYouTube and Twitter.