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Your LMS and data security

All of our clients who have some kind of user portal that requires a login and password need to be aware of possible weaknesses in their security, and ways to make sure they don’t fall victim to data leaks. Hackers don’t just target large corporations; many are looking for easy prey. Also, security attacks aren’t just about stealing your organization’s strategies, customer data, or processes, sometimes they’re ransomware attacks, or stealing user information. Because so many users tend to reuse logins and passwords for multiple sites and accounts, stealing username and password combinations gives hackers access to a lot of other sites.

With more and more netizens being concerned about the amount of personally identifiable information being collected and who has access to it, here are some tips to ensure your learners’ privacy and security is maintained.

IP Blockers

Blockers prevent hostile or unwanted IP addresses from accessing your data. The admin is able to manually add certain IP addresses to the “allowed” or “blocked” lists. This ensures that known virtual attackers cannot unlawfully view your user data or eLearning content via the LMS. The downside is that they can always use another IP address to work around the blocker, which is why it’s so essential to put other preventative LMS security measures in place.

Have backup systems with redundancies

Implement a consistent plan for backing up your data both locally and on the cloud. This way you will be able to recover quickly from ransomware attacks intended to prevent you from accessing your own systems or data.

Use 2-factor authentication

Depending on how many people you have accessing your LMS, the greater the risk is that eventually one of your learners will be compromised. While hackers can use your LMS login data to access other systems, so can they also access your LMS from hacking a different source if your learners have reused a login.

Enabling 2-factor authentication ensures that your learners will have to validate any login attempts from their personal devices, so that unauthorized logins from non-approved users stops at the login page.

Keep your LMS updated

Digital technology is evolving on a constant basis, both on the side of people who are trying to steal information and the people who are trying to guard it. Make sure your LMS security is as up to date as possible with patches and bug fixes to prevent hackers from working around old code.

Keep safe, both online and off!


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