Cyber Security Awareness Month

Week 3 – Incorporating Cybersecurity Into All we Do

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

You do not have to be a cybersecurity expert in order to protect yourself. Adopting a cybersecurity mindset and incorporating it into everything you do can help keep your information safe.   
Secure Your Technology with Updates  
Operating system and software application updates are critical to your digital safety and cyber security.  Software updates help improve performance, reliability, and security. Keep your systems and applications up to date as much as possible.  Click links below for more information. 
Windows update: FAQ  
Update Your Mac device  
Keep your computer secure at home   
Protect your computer from viruses, hackers, and spies  
Use Social Media Responsibility   
Social media can be enjoyed when used responsibly, but always be mindful of oversharing information. You may think you are only sharing within your trusted circle of friends and family, but your posts can be shared without your knowledge or your permission. Click the links below to learn more about cyber security for social media, risks and challenges, and solutions on social media threats.  
Social media cybersecurity  
Navigating the social media world safely  
Social media safety tips   
Understand the Risks of Public Resources  
Public Wi-Fi 
Public Wi-fi networks can be found in places like coffee shops, hotels, or even grocery stores. While connecting to a free public WiFi network can feel like a great perk, it is important to understand the risks involved with doing so. Malicious actors may create public WiFi access points of their own, and then take advantage of users who join. Malicious networks may capture your sensitive data, such as usernames, passwords, financial information etc.   
Here is what should be considered before connecting to a public network:   

     1. Avoid public networks if possible – in general, avoid public networks.  Consider using a mobile phone as a hot spot if that              feature is available to you.  

     2. If you must join, verify the network and password with a trusted source. That trusted source could be an employee, a                  barista, or a librarian. Always confirm the WiFi information before connecting to a access point.  Once connected, consider                  using a VPN solution if you have one available to encrypt your network traffic.  

     3. Be mindful of your activities - if you must connect to a public WiFi network, avoid accessing anything sensitive such as logging      on to your bank account, email account, or any other site requiring your password or other sensitive information.   
More info: 
Wireless network security tips  
How to safely use public WiFi networks 
 Public WiFi quick tips 
Public Computers 
Public computers are not as safe as personal computers because users do not know whether the machine has updated security protocols, such as antivirus protection. Also, users do not know whether previous users installed malicious software such as keylogger software or hardware which captures all passwords entered in the machine. Given these risks, ITS recommends the following:  
    1. Avoid conducting any sensitive transactions on public computers.  
    2. Do not allow the browser to save your user credentials (i.e. username and password) 
    3. Do not leave the computer unattended while it may be displaying any of your personal information. 
    4. Log out of the computer when done.  



2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Archive