Online Safety

National Cyber Security Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Throughout the entire month of October we will be posting tips and tricks on keeping safe online. You will see this poster around campus to promote NCSAM.

Each Day a new Tip or Trick will be posted right here on this page. Please come back everyday to see the new Tip or Trick.

Keep a Clean Machine

  • October 1st - Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • October 2nd - Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. turn on automatic updates if that an available option.
  • October 3rd - Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • October 4th - Plug & Scan: "USBs" and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

Protect Your Personal Information

  • October 7th - Secure your accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you to verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.
  • October 8th - Create strong passwords: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create more secure passwords.
  • October 9th - Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cyber criminals.
  • October 10th - Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keepa list that's stored in a safe secure place away from your computer.
  • October 11th - Own your online presence: When available, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It's OK to limit who you are sharing information with.

Connect with Care

  • October 14th - When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets posts and online advertising are often the way cyber criminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it's best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk/spam email.
  • October 15th - Get savvy about Wi-Fi Hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your device.
  • October 16th - Protect your $$: when banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites are security enabled. Looks for web addresses with https or shttp, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. HTTP is not secure.

Be Web Wise

  • October 17th - Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online: Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
  • October 18th - Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
  • October 21st - Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

Be a Good Online Citizen

  • October 22nd - Safer for me more secure for all: What you do online has the potential to affect everyone - at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
  • October 23rd - Post only about others as you have them post about you.
  • October 24th - Help the authorities fight cyber crime: Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center and to your local law enforcement, state attorney general and campus police as appropriate. Click Here

Safety and Security in the Community

  • October 25th - Cyber Community Coalition Building Guide: Resources for building a cyber coalition in your community from the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center. Click Here
  • October 28th - iKeep Safe - a nonprofit international alliance for more than 100 policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts, and advocates - has customized for community organizations and volunteers based on the 3Cs of Digital Citizenship: Contact, Content and Conduct. Click Here

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