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Five ways to keep your student's digital life safe

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Jun 6, 2015.

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    As students return to school, technology goes with them. That technology—and the data generated by it—is valuable not simply as a means for getting school work done, but also as entertainment for those brief hours between one assignment and the next. It’s for this reason that it pays to plan for disaster. With a single massive power burst, storage media that suddenly heads south, or interaction with a light-fingered ne’er-do-well, the technology your student depends on can vanish. Take these five tips to heart, however, and the loss of a device or data need not be catastrophic.

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    Insure the gear

    Parents, if your student lives in school-affiliated housing, it’s possible that your homeowners insurance covers their stuff—but not without some cost to you. Should your child’s laptop or iPhone be stolen or swept away in a flood, a replacement won’t come free. Such policies generally have a deductible of several hundred dollars and the remaining compensation is often limited to around 10 percent of your total coverage. So, if you carry a policy that insures the contents of your home up to $150,000, the yearly limit on a kid’s gear is $15,000 when they live in student housing.

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