Personal messages, photos, banking information, credit card numbers, names, addresses, health records—a lot of your family's private information is stored on computers and zipping through the Internet! Cybersecurity is the act of keeping information, ranging from embarrassing baby photos to national secrets, private and viewed by only the right people. Try your hand at keeping online information safe with one of our cybersecurity science projects.
For lesson plans, see our K-12 Cybersecurity Teacher's Resource.
When you delete a file, by accident or on purpose, is the information really gone? Can you get it back? If you accidentally deleted your five-page report for school, you are hoping it is not gone. On the other hand, if you do not want someone to get their hands on the goofy and unflattering pictures you and your best friend took while staying up late the other night, you probably hope it is gone for good! It might be nice to know for sure either way. Try this project to find out.
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Short (2-5 days)
You should already be comfortable using a computer.
Requires a computer with a hard-disk drive and an adult helper who is comfortable using the computer.
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