Why Are Computer Skills An Important Part Of Online Learning
The holidays are approaching, and if you’re part of Generation Z, chances are you’re already thinking about how you’re going to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. While you’ll always have the yearly resolutions to focus on, the amount of time that’s spent studying or strategizing about your goals and life goals is going to likely decrease as we near the end of the year. But what if there was one resolution that every student should already be making? It should be to improve their computer skills.
While computer skills definitely aren’t on their A list when it comes to college prep, I’ve found that there’s a significant benefit to improving your digital skills when it comes to building a competitive base for the world of tech. When students are exposed to the power and convenience of technology, they become more self-aware, and that in turn makes them become more open to discovering more of what life has to offer.
According to the 2017 Science Daily’s The Tech Age Report, Gen Z is the youngest generation to be the most tech savvy of all. With this generation, The New York Times says, there’s a growing need for new generations of digital citizens. To help bridge the gap in the world of tech, teachers and parents need to teach their children the basics of computer skills and how to protect their privacy.
You Don’t Need to Look Any Further than the Social Media Risks
Since 2016, there’s been over 1.4 billion Facebook accounts compromised. Personal information for an estimated 870 million Facebook users in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Some users might be more susceptible to non-secure websites and websites that can access your account and make private details readily available to others.
In addition to the massive Facebook breaches, cyber threats to personal data have increased at a rate of 25% each year, with almost half of them originating from the United States. With the more we learn about cyber risks in the upcoming years, we’ll all want to keep our accounts safe. This is why computer skills are so important. The more you know about it, the less risky your private information is.
Learn From Facebook and Hacker News
High-profile hacks aren’t new, but they’re getting more and more common. On Facebook and Hacker News alone, numerous hacks have been discovered. The Redbook 20 hacks is an educational and fun guide to learn the hacking secrets. There’s been new hacks that can even pull public accounts off of websites, remove advertisements and personally identifiable information from websites, and steal your password. As of 2017, Facebook was hacked 500 million times and hackers actually stole the information of users from over 200 countries.
Here’s the good news: “When computers break, it’s usually because they have been hacked,” says Tom Stewart, author of 10 Hack Hacks and 21 Thumb-Driven Rules for staying Safe on the Internet. “Follow these [10 hacked] rules and you’ll have a safe online life.” Stewart’s hacks have proven helpful when he found that he could remotely wipe all personal information from a hacking website.
Do Your Part by Not Data-Sharing
Now is a good time to educate yourself about how to avoid data-sharing and have better data security. According to MoneyTips, one critical step for data security is not passing along your password without first asking your parents, guardians, guardians of your siblings, or other family members. When you want to login to a website, ask them for their password too, even if it is just to see if they can help you out.
Invest In a New Router
There’s nothing more important when it comes to keeping your online life safe and secure than having a great router that will keep your data secure. I recommend upgrading to one of the latest high-end routers that will monitor the web traffic and automatically send any emails or messages with your username or password to you when they arise. You won’t have to worry about protecting yourself online.
These are just a few of the ways that computer skills can be improved to keep the world of tech out of your personal life. On this Father’s Day, you should know that there are many rewards in embracing computer skills and becoming self-aware so that you can potentially navigate new skills to whatever life and career path you’re on.