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The digital age has given educators more opportunities than ever before! It is no surprise that with the prevalence of laptops, tablets, and the internet in the classroom, more student data is kept online. Of course, with more data online, student data security has become a large issue. Education sites are talking about this everywhere.

How can you keep your data secure? RevTrak rounded up a few easy tips that can greatly improve your data security.

1. Use passwords on every device. This means everything – your computer, tablet, phone, anything where you may be logged into work accounts.

2. Make sure your passwords are secure. Don’t use the same password for every account and device. If a password is compromised, this means all your accounts are compromised. Also, make sure to use capital letters, numbers, and special characters in your password. If you need to keep track of your passwords, use a password manager, not a spreadsheet.

3. Do not email sensitive files. Email is not the most secure way to share information. If you need to share files, save them in a shared drive. You wouldn’t email your credit card number, so do not email private data.

4. Keep your system updated. Aging info-structure can make your data more vulnerable to hacks.

5. Read the user agreement. Yes, it will be time-consuming and tedious, but it will answer all your privacy questions. Know what a new software or website will have access to before entering your information.

While these tips are just a starting point, your data will be more secured with each step you take.