Welcome Back to School 2013 – Helpful IT Security Tips

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 helpit@fordham.edu for any IT security concerns.

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