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Cyber Security is a Shared Responsibility

Week 1: Oct. 3-7

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.: The Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security

Whether you are online banking, shopping, social networking, or downloading the latest app, practicing good cybersecurity in today’s interconnected world is critical. Everyone must learn to stay safe and more secure in their ever-expanding digital lives. Therefore, in support of cybersecurity month, we would like to offer a few quick tips to help you stay safe online.

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
  • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updtes if that’s an available option.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smartphones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug & scan: USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.
  • Make your password a sentence: A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, “I love country music.”). On many sites, you can even use spaces!

Be mindful of what you do online. Keep yourself safe and apply these practices to your daily online activities to help protect yourself against cybercrime.

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Cyber Security is something all computer users should be aware of and practice every day.  IT is offering these resources as part of the October 2016 National Cyber Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign, but will be available and updated year round. New and updated information will be advertised through the University website, GothicNet portal, and email.

It starts with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. A simple action for all of us to employ to stay safer and more secure online...

STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.

THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.

CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you have taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.


Resources and Videos

Be sure to look through our resources and videos that will provide you with useful information on how you can keep your personal information from being hacked and stolen.

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