October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, and while this is always an important topic to discuss, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to share some of tips on safe and secure practices when using technology!
- Make passwords strong and don’t share them with anyone: Use letters, numbers, and symbols, and make passwords different across accounts. If one password were to be compromised, you don’t want them to have access to all of your accounts!
- Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates: Don’t ignore those notifications of your expiring security software! To keep your system both safe and running quicker and more efficiently, update systems regularly.
- Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety: With so much social media preference and our reliance on the internet for not only email but also purchasing items and paying bills, it’s important to share tips and news with your peers to spread awareness!
- Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely: Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, be sure that you know what information is being shared. It’s a good idea to keep the information that is shared minimal. Keep identifying information like your address, birthdate, and of course account information, private.
- Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is: Be conscious of emails and spam messages. Do not open links that seem suspicious or with which you are unfamiliar.
For more great information on Cyber Security Awareness month and more tips and information on how to stay safe, check out this PDF presentation from the Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Undergraduate%20Student%20Presentation.pdf and feel free to reach out to us here at ITS Client Services if you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information!