This University Information Security Office wishes you a warm welcome back to school.
A new school year may have started but the IT security threats have never stopped… and they never will. Here are a few tips for protecting your “cyberself.”
- Be wary of QR codes and shortened URLs. Make sure you verify and trust the links you are being redirected to.
- NEVER share your password with anyone!
Use hard to guess passwords.
- Don’t use the names of family, friends or sports teams… or even “password.”
- Use a password phrase like a long quote from your favorite book or movie.
- Don’t send confidential information such as credit card and bank account numbers, or your social security number.
- Encrypt all of your sensitive data.
- Secure your mobile devices and computers with PINs and passwords.
- Lock your computer and phone when you are not using them.
- Keep all of your mobile devices close to you too!
- Don’t leave sensitive information lying around.
- Stay up to date with the latest OS and applications patches.
- Install and keep up to date anti-virus and firewall software.
- Beware of emails that contain attachments to open or download.
- DO NOT trust and be cautious of suspicious emails and links.
- Only join trusted and secure wireless networks.
- Report any suspicious activity.
Call or email IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any IT security concerns.