Internet-connected classrooms have transformed the learning process in schools all over the UK. However, it’s also given rise to new dangerous online threats. Much like other public WiFi networks, school WiFi might be vulnerable to hackers.
There are a few recorded cases of hackers and other shady internet personas getting into a school’s WiFi network. In such a case, hackers may be able to access student devices and get hold of their photos, documents, and other sensitive data. They may also get in contact with the students.
“The truth is that public WiFi networks are usually so unsecure that even a seven-year-old kid with an interest in tech can hack them,” said Daniel Markuson, Digital Privacy Expert at NordVPN. “School WiFi networks are no exception. Loads of online tutorials provide tips on how to do that.”
In 2015, ago a seven-year-old girl from London showed how easy it is to break into a public WiFi network. It took her less than 11 minutes to infiltrate the hotspot by setting up a rogue access point. Hackers frequently use this technique to activate a ‘man in the middle’ attack and begin eavesdropping on the traffic.
There are approximately 32,000 in the United Kingdom, and almost all of them have WiFi networks. The problem is that the authorities usually have very few ways of knowing if and who is hacking them. That’s unless the cyber criminals are caught using student data or other information.
According to NordVPN’s expert, it might be a good idea to bring up the question of WiFi security at school. Another step is getting a virtual private network (VPN) for your kid. A VPN, like NordVPN, is an encrypted tunnel between the WiFi network and a child’s device. Most importantly, you should talk to kids and help them understand online security threats and the importance of digital privacy.