With the Four P's
#BeCyberAware with four quick tips: Phishing, Patching, Passwords, and Protect Your Devices.
Scams! Fraudulent activity, like malicious emails, websites, text messages, and phone calls, that try to steal your info.
- Make sure the sender is legit.
- Don’t open suspicious attachments or links.
- Don’t share personal information.
A patch is a software update that provides fixes and improvements, protecting devices from security threats. Old apps and operating systems are easy to take advantage of.
- Turn on auto-updates to keep software up to date.
- Use only official app stores to download apps.
- Be careful of free apps and check permissions.
Your passwords are the keys to your devices and accounts, which contain your personal information. You can be at risk if your passwords are not secure and protected.
- Enable multi-factor (or two-factor) authentication for extra security.
- Don’t share, write down, or reuse your passwords.
- Use passwords or phrases with at least 12 characters and a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.
Protect Your Devices
Computers and smart devices contain personal information, so keep them accounted for! Smart phones are usually the least protected of all devices, which makes them a target.
- Keep track of your devices and lock them with passwords.
- Old devices may still be storing info – don't leave them laying around.
- Correctly dispose of University technology no longer in use by contacting IT Solutions.