What Teenagers Need to Know About Cybersecurity

Now that school is back in session, many high schoolers have new phones, new computers, and new privileges for using their devices—and new responsibilities, too.

High schoolers today are more technology-savvy than average adults. While many people think that young people use their devices primarily for video games and social networking, the reality today is that high schoolers use technology for learning as much as for entertainment.

As the director for cybersecurity programs in the University at Albany’s School of Business, I regularly encounter high school students through the camps I run or as interns in my research lab. My first task is to describe the potential threats for them. I tell students that hackers and cybercriminals are constantly looking for vulnerable targets to attack and steal information from.

Teenagers must keep their devices and information secure, behave appropriately on social media and

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