Cyber Security Information for Students

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PROTECT YOUR PASSWORDS

Make sure others don’t have the chance to use your accounts maliciously!


PHISHING AND OTHER SCAMS

Criminals and hackers continue to come up with schemes designed to compromise computers, steal personal or private information or passwords, or trick you out of money.


INTERNET PRIVACY (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.)

A good rule of thumb is to only post information you would be willing to put on a banner in a public place.


ENABLE AUTOMATIC UPDATES

Updates fix problems in your operating system (the basic program that runs your computer/device) software and apps. Out-of-date and unpatched devices are especially vulnerable to viruses and hackers. To protect yourself.


FILESHARING RISKS / COPYRIGHT

Filesharing can expose your computer to a number of security risks.


MOBILE DEVICES

Phones and mobile devices need to be protected just like any other computer. Imagine that your phone or other mobile device was lost or stolen.


CONNECT SECURELY

Random wireless hotspots can steal your passwords and information. It is even possible to set up a hotspot that looks legitimate but lets people spy on everything you do while connected.


MACS NEED PROTECTION, TOO!

Many people think that Macs are immune to viruses and malware. While it is true that Macs are targeted less often than PCs, there is still plenty of malware out there that can compromise Macs.



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