Let’s Go Phishing!

In the spirit of yesterday’s Safer Internet Day

I often get asked which is better — Gmail or Hotmail (or its derivative outlook). The answer for me is so easy: Gmail, and one of the reasons is because it handles phishing attempts so much better than Hotmail.

I only log into my Hotmail account once a month or so, just to keep it alive. This time, there were approximately 20 emails in my inbox. A few were legitimate security alerts created by my Google account, a few were from Microsoft trying to sell me something or other, but the rest (over half) were phishing attempts — bogus emails attempting to get me to click a link where they would prompt me to reveal private details such as account numbers or passwords. Continue reading “Let’s Go Phishing!”

Digital Literacy Resource — Teens’ Top 5 Technology Mistakes

Teens’ Top 5 Technology Mistakes _ CHOICES _ Scholastic.com

(This is an old post that has been moved to here from my previous blog.)

This morning I shared an article entitled “Teens’ Top 5 Technology Mistakes” with my BTT1O class. The five “mistakes” mentioned are:

  1. Forgetting to Log Out
  2. Right Message — Wrong Person
  3. Oversharing
  4. Losing Track of Your Phone
  5. Making Friends With Strangers

Reviewing the article gave us a great opportunity to share many stories, including:

  • students not logging out and other students sending crude messages from their Facebook account
  • students creating fake Snapchat accounts to use to get other students to send them inappropriate pictures
  • stories of students not being able to get jobs because of what they shared on their social media accounts
  • and others…

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