As cyber attackers strike all year, October, designated as Cyber Security Awareness MonthNow is the perfect time to learn how to best protect yourself against online threats that can compromise your devices and data.
This annual education campaign has taken place since 2004, but for the first time Khan Academythe popular non-profit organization that offers free lessons to learners of all ages, has partnered with the tech giant Google to create lessons and videos full of tips to help you stay safe online.
In fact, this Khan Academy Internet Security Course features Khan Academy founder Sal Khan, who has partnered with security experts from Google to provide practical tips for securing online accounts, browsing the web safely, detecting phishing attempts and more Again.
“A lot of parents know about Khan Academy because their kids use Khan Academy at school,” Khan says, in an email interview with USA TODAY. “Tens of millions of learners, teachers and parents use our exercises, software and videos each month, and we are increasingly partnering with school districts serving underserved communities to accelerate learning for their students. .”
“Now we have created new lessons for adults, thanks to the support of Google,” continues Khan.
“Our internet safety course can help parents. And really, I mean any adult, anywhere, stays safe online,” adds Khan. “Learn how to protect your devices and accounts, recognize scams, and protect your personal data when shopping online. Plus, all lessons are free.”
According to Google, this video-centric content is based on what people search for, including: password managers (which are hitting an all-time high this year, according to Google); searches related to phishing and vishing (voice phishing); research on “identity theft” (“how to report”, “how to prevent”); and virtual private networks (VPNs) grew by 4,500%, according to Google.
The Khan Academy partnership was announced by Google on February 7 (“Safer Internet Day”)but just launched in time for Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
Interviewed by Khan, the four Google speakers and subjects are:
Guemmy Kim, Director of Product Management, Account Security, at Google
o How to secure your online accounts
o Why creating a strong password is really important
o Yes, you need a password manager. Here’s why.
o Should I give my mobile number to a website?
o Pass a security check
Mark Risher, Director of Product Management, Android
o What do we mean by device security? Why should we care?
o How passwords and screen locks help protect you
o What can I do to protect my devices?
o How can I secure all my smart devices?
Kelly Hope Harrington, Senior Software Engineer, Google
o Introduction to Safe Browsing
o Why should you actually read the URL and be careful with free Wi-Fi
o What is private or incognito mode?
o Does the browser I choose really matter?
o How to shop safely
Grace Hoyt, Head of Account Security Partnerships, Google
o How to avoid phishing attempts. Whatever the spelling, it’s bad news
o Wait, did I just get mugged? What do I do now?
o What can I do to protect my account?
o What are common scams I should be aware of?
The game as a teaching tool
Another impactful approach to education is to make it playable.
Incorporating elements of cybersecurity, but focusing primarily on money management, free Soccer Financial Visa is back, but with new features ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Also timely, as this week was ‘National Savings Day’, October 12.
Players answer a series of multiple-choice questions, at varying levels of difficulty, to advance down the field and attempt to score a goal.
This new 2022 release includes both personal finance and small business game modes, among other new features like the ability to play both men’s and women’s teams and tournaments (including the FIFA World Cup). FIFA, Qatar 2022 and FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023), and support for more languages and devices than personal computers, including an iOS and Android mobile app for smartphones and tablets.
“Knowledge is the most important financial tool you can have, but people may see financial education as difficult or not particularly interesting,” said Hugh Norton, senior manager of the Social Impact team. of Visa, in a phone interview with USA TODAY.
“And so Financial Soccer helps make this important topic fun and engaging,” adds Norton. “We think it’s a really fantastic way to impart knowledge, to help people understand and take control of their financial lives, so they can make more informed financial decisions.”
It is estimated that only one in three adults worldwide have a basic understanding of financial concepts, according to a survey by Standard & Poor’swhile only 57% of US credit card owners answered the basic interest-based survey question correctly.
Sample questions in Visa Financial Soccer:
o The net income is:
§ Small coins like pennies and nickels
§ The money the government wastes
§ Your after-tax income (correct answer)
§ None of these answers
o When assessing creditworthiness, the ability of an individual:
§ Is a summary of their payment history
§ Is their net income, after taxes
§ Refers to the amount of debt they can handle (correct answer)
§ Is a calculation of all existing assets
More questions related to cybersecurity:
o Practicing good digital security can include:
§ Avoid unsecured public Wi-Fi
§ Use a VPN
§ Use of two-factor authentication
§ All of the above (correct answer)
o Things to do when your identity is stolen include:
§ Contact all your card issuers
§ Filing of a police report
§ Change bank
§ 1 and 2 (correct answer) Other useful platforms related to financial literacy include Capital One Money & Life Programwhich includes digital tools (microfinance exercises, workshops and individual mentoring), and Money by QuickBooksa free mobile app designed to give users control over their money and help them manage their spending.
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