Tips for teachers on staying safe online and managing your online reputation

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Yesterday I delivered an after-work training session on online safety and professional reputation for teachers at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls. The session combined general security tips as well as specific advice for protecting teachers’ professional reputations. Here are some useful tips from the session.

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Simple tips for improving your online security

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I’ve been continuing to deliver free digital skills workshops to older Bournville Village Trust residents at Shenley Court Hall. This month’s workshops have focused on staying safe online. Here are some straightforward tips for improving your online security today.

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7 tips to better protect your online security and privacy

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This morning, crisis communications consultancy The Social Simulator shared via Twitter a guest blog post I wrote for them earlier this year, giving practical advice on how to protect your online security and privacy. In light of the recent hack of 60 million Dropbox users, there’s never been a better time to review your security and privacy habits.

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How to use two factor authentication to protect your accounts from being hacked

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A couple of weeks back, I received a nasty shock when Google alerted me to the fact that somebody had tried to gain access to a Gmail account I’d set up for a project five years ago and not used since.

Fortunately, Google’s security system prevented the attacker from accessing my account but the incident nonetheless reminded me of the importance of using two-factor authentication to secure my personal and professional accounts. I’d like to briefly explain what two-factor authentication is, what the benefits (and drawbacks) of it are and how you can apply two-factor to secure your own accounts.

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Why you should secure your website with HTTPS (and how to make it happen)

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Have you ever noticed when browsing the web how some websites have a green padlock icon next to their address while others don’t? The padlock, together with the letters ‘https’, tells your visitors that your website is secure and that you are serious about protecting their personal information.

When setting up OpenUp Digital, I made a conscious decision to ensure my website is secured with HTTPS. I want to share with you why I think you should move your website to HTTPS and give you some practical tips on how to actually make this happen.

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