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Schools across the valley work to prevent hackers in the classroom

Rockingham County and Augusta County use security features to prevent strangers from hacking...
Rockingham County and Augusta County use security features to prevent strangers from hacking Zoom classes.(whsv)
Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 6:11 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Zoom classrooms have become another platform for many hackers to engage with. Schools across the Shenandoah Valley say they are doing what they can to protect students and staff.

Kevin Perkins, Rockingham County Public Schools Technology Director, says they opted to wait until the fall before using the online platform.

“What we were able to do was put some settings in place that allowed teachers to create zoom meetings that only folks with Rockingham County schools accounts could gain access to," said Perkins.

Mike Howdyshell, Technology Director at Augusta County Public Schools, says they use Google Meet for class instead of Zoom.

The students use Chromebooks with a secure Google account provided by the division.

“We’re doing this because it’s a little bit more secure. We’re requiring our parents' permission, and the Google Meets are set up in a way that the connection can only be established between folks in our domain," said Howdyshell.

He says he is proud of the work being done by the county despite the difficult situation of the pandemic.

Both directors say their preventative measures have been effective.

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