It’s essential to take proactive measures to enhance cybersecurity at home, on campus, at work, and when you’re out and about. In previous weeks, we addressed how to best own and secure your personal information. Now, we need to safeguard all of that invaluable data.
If You Connect, You Must Protect
Turn on automatic updates, if you can, and protect your devices with antivirus software.
Stay Protected While Connected
Before you connect to any public wireless hotspot – like at an airport, hotel, coffee shop or café – confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff. Avoid sensitive activities (e.g., banking) that require passwords or credit cards. If you just can’t avoid it, try to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection, whether it’s provided by your employer or one you pay monthly for yourself.
If You Collect It, Protect It
If you’re involved in collecting data for or about people, it’s important that you treat it with care. It is vital that organizations of all sizes take measures to keep customer/consumer data and information safe.
Thanks for reading! As always, if you ever have a question about any computer or device, please call the Helpdesk at x1047, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you get a phishing or questionable email, please forward it to email@example.com.
Study the NCSAM Guide for additional info on this and more cybersecurity concepts.