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Use your Mobile Device to access the web? Get the in on staying safe with these tips!

It’s the 4th week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and this week, we are talking about smart practices to keep in mind when using a mobile device!

Beware of viruses and spyware on your mobile device

  • Mobile devices are just as at risk for viruses and spyware as your computer.
  • Make sure your device has the latest mobile security software, web browser, and operating system.

Protecting your information

  • Before downloading all these apps and adding all your information, be sure to check out the privacy policies of the app, and be sure you are informed about what information it requires from you, and how the information is protected.
  • Have you ever had an app ask to use your current location? When you do this, your location will be picked up by the app at all times. If the app is integrated with your social networks, then others will also see your location. Unless you want others to know where you are at all times, you may want to ensure your location cannot be identified or made public.
  • Protect your phone with a passcode. If you were to leave your phone unattended, or lose it in a public place, you do not want others to have access to the private information held in your phone.

Good extra tips for mobile devices

  • Texting and phone calls on mobile devices can be similar to emails when it comes to spam and phishing. Be smart about using your phone and responding to text messages. If something is asking you for personal information, never respond.
  • Be smart about what you are putting out there. We’ve all heard it somewhere, but be careful when it comes to texting and sharing media on your phones.

If you have any questions or simply want to learn more about the best practices for mobile devices, feel free to contact us, or check out http://www.staysafeonline.org/.


Maintaing your Machine

It’s the 3rd week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and this week, we are talking about some ways to keep your machine clean! It’s important to give our computers the TLC and maintenance they need to keep running and being dependable for what we rely on them for!

Beware of viruses and spyware

  • Install current anti-virus and firewall protection to protect against viruses and spyware.
  • Visit UIS’ webstore for free programs for faculty, staff, and students!
  • Remove unnecessary and temporary files to make your machine faster-this can be done easily with a disk cleanup. Run a disk cleanup once a week to remove these files.

Avoiding Spam

  • To reduce the amount of spam you receive, you can edit your settings of your mail program, report spam so your email service will recognize it in the future, and remove your email address from appearing on public websites, such as your social networking profiles.
  • Avoid emails that seek personal information.  They may appear in the form of emails asking you to click a link or share some information.
  • Remember to never share or disclose personal information, ensure that a website is secure, and pay attention to the URL.

File Sharing

  • File sharing is dangerous and can put your computer at a great risk. Do not participate in using file sharing programs because doing so can put you at risk for unintentionally distributing personal information, viruses, and more.

If you have any questions or simply want to learn more about keeping your computer clean, feel free to contact us, or check out http://www.staysafeonline.org/.

Tips for browsing the web that everyone should know!

It’s the 2nd week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and this week, we are talking about some basic guidelines for using the internet that you will be happy you knew!

Back Up your Files

  • First, make copies of all files on your computer. This can be done on your computer’s backup software program. After you have backed up all the files, they need to be stored on a device. You can use an external hard drive, flash drive, CD, or even a secure online backup service.
  • Try to back up your files once a week.

Be Smart about Wi-Fi

  • Remember is that when you access wi-fi in public places like coffee shops or restaurants, be careful what you post. It is recommended that you do not use passwords, access important accounts, or share any personal information over the web. Since the network is not secure, others may have access to information you are putting out there.
  • Make sure when you connect to a wireless network, you know what it is. Some networks are set up by criminals seeking to steal the information of those that automatically connect to their network. Make sure that when you are connected to wi-fi, you know the network you are connected to!

Social Media

  • Remember when something is posted online, it remains there.
  • Use privacy settings to ensure your profile is not visible to the public, and make sure it is clear of things you do not want to share with others.
  • Be thoughtful about what you choose to post online-when you put yourself out there, you never know who may be looking!
  • Keep your personal information personal! Sharing too much information could lead to identity theft, stalking, or even property theft.

If you have any questions or simply want to learn more about staying safe online, feel free to contact us, or check out http://www.staysafeonline.org/.

It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

It’s National Cyber Security Awareness month, and we will be blogging all month tips and advice for you to stay safe on your computers, mobile devices, and on the internet!

Technological devices and the internet play an integral role in all aspects of our lives today-our jobs, personal lives, and social lives. With all the advances that are being made on a daily basis, there are risks that need to be considered. This week, we are focusing on protecting what matters to you!


Passwords protect just about everything we do on our computers and online. When choosing your password, there are a few things you should remember to ensure it is protecting other from accessing your information:

  1. Make sure it has at least eight characters
  2. Mix upper and lowercase letters
  3. Mix numbers and symbols
  4. Change your password several times a year
  5. Never share your password with others
  6. Have a different password for each online account
  7. Make sure your password is unique and cannot be easily guessed

Online Shopping

Shopping online is a great convenience and many people enjoy making purchases from the comfort of their couch rather than visiting the actual store. Prior to online shopping, make sure to consider:

  • Is your computer safe and secure? Make sure your machine is clean to make sure it is not infected with viruses or spyware that may be waiting for you to enter your personal information so it can snatch it right up.
  • Be smart about where you shop-make sure you make your purchase from a site with a padlock on your web browser’s address bar or a URL address that begins with shttp or https.  These indicate the purchase is encrypted or secured. Http:// is not secure.
  • Only use a secure network to shop online. This means that you should not be purchasing items on a wifi network that is insecure (think coffee shops, restaurants, other public places with wifi).
  • Always keep track of the details of your online purchases including confirmation numbers, dates, etc. and always check your credit report to make sure there are no unauthorized purchases.

If you have any questions or simply want to learn more about protecting your information online, feel free to contact us, or check out http://www.staysafeonline.org/.