Data Security


  1. Learners will become familiar with the Houston ISD Web Apps rating website and Graphite by Common Sense Media.
  2. Learners will understand different ways data is transmitted (Safe versus unsafe).
  3. Learners will discern levels of risk when data sharing is done, whether via land line, public Wi-Fi or private Wi-Fi.


What is PII and what are the chances of getting scammed?

Blue background showing a hand holding a fake driver’s license for Patrick Star (of Sponge Bob Square Pants). Visible are the fake driver’s license number, a picture of Patrick, his address and physical description.

PII stands for Personally Identifiable Information. PII is any information or combination of information that can be used to identify an individual. Information such as your full name, your mother's maiden name, your hometown, or your address; those are all examples of PII.

What are the different types of PII?

Use Answer Garden or to brainstorm about what constitutes PII and should be kept private.

Answer Garden

How can you protect your PII?

Make sure anytime you share PII over the web that you are doing so within a secured site and who you're sharing information with. Does the office supply store really need your mother's maiden name and your social security number?

Rectangular green box with text at the top, Look for the Lock. Image shows close ups of 2 mobile devices. The one on the left is browsing a website with a lock image, the one on the right is browsing an unsafe website, the screen of the unsafe image shows a yellow skull and cross bones.

So if I see a lock am I safe?

The short answer is no. You still need to be aware of who you are sharing information with and how you are connected to the Internet.

Text: Don’t Fall for Fakes – image on left shows a cartoon of a masked burglar beside the text: Hackers create Wi-Fi hotspots with fake names to lure people.
Text: Mind your business – image shows cartoon figure on right wearing a black suit, stealing an oversized red credit card. Text reads: Don’t check email, bank accounts or credit cards when using public Wi-Fi. Text: Watch your settings. On left image of a smart phone screen showing setting options beside the text: Don’t connect automatically to nearby unsecured Wi-Fi.

Visit the Ed Tech Web Apps page by Clicking on the link below.

Web Apps

Take the Online quiz to see the likelihood of you being lured into clicking on a scam website.

Phishing Quiz