October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.
All month long we'll be sharing tips on how to stay safe online. Cybersecurity is not only critical for keeping Michigan Tech's data safe, but for keeping you safe at home, too.
Cybersecurity awareness doesn't end when October is over! Check out the SANS Security Awareness Tip of the Day web page for more tips on staying safe and secure.
Cybercriminals love it when you overshare on social media – they can learn all about you! #BeCyberSmart and make it harder for them by avoiding posting real names, places you frequent and home, school and work locations. #CyberAware
October = #PSL + #Halloween + National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. What are you doing to keep the internet safer and more secure? #BeCyberSmart #CyberAware
Your Personal Information is Like Money. #BeCyberSmart about where you're sharing it, who you're sharing it with, and how it's being used. #CyberAware
Browsing on your mobile device? Make sure it's not running suspicious #apps or using permissions you didn't realize you approved. #BeCyberSmart #CyberAware
Cybersecurity practices are like sunscreen—sometimes messy to apply but worth it to keep from getting burned. #infosec #staysafeonline #CyberAware
#BeCyberSmart Rules for Keeping Tabs on Your #Apps: 1) Delete apps you don’t need or no longer use. 2) Review app permissions. Say "No" to any that don't make sense. 3) Only download apps from trusted sources. #CyberAware
It's a Team Effort! Help keep our information at Michigan Tech secure
Data stored on personal and professional devices can provide cybercriminals with all the information they need. Payroll, payment card information, and health information are only a few examples of the information stored within these computer systems. Properly securing this data is important.
Cybersecurity is a team effort. The IT Team Can’t Do It Alone recommends ways to strengthen cybersecurity. These efforts will only be successful when all members of the campus community understand the risks and take steps to avoid them.
Passphrases and Securing Your Accounts
Passphrases are like keys to your personal home online. You should do everything you can prevent people from gaining access to your passphrase. You can further secure your accounts by using additional authentication methods.
Read helpful ways to stay safe online in Passphrases and Securing Your Accounts.
Google cybersecurity checkups
Did you know Google offers cybersecurity checkups for their services? Use Google's Security Checkup to review your account and see if any security gaps require attention. Reports will display about your devices used for sign-in, verification methods, third party access information, and recent security events. They even assist with completing areas that will strengthen your account’s security.
Also check out: Google's tips to help you stay more secure online
Make your password something memorable
Passwords are something you use almost every day, from accessing your email or banking online to purchasing goods or accessing your smartphone. However, passwords are also one of your weakest points; if someone learns or guesses your password they can access your accounts as you, allowing them to transfer your money, read your emails, or steal your identity.
That is why strong passwords are essential to protecting yourself. However, passwords have typically been confusing, hard to remember, and difficult to type. In SANS' Ouch! Newsletter: Passphrases, you will learn how to create strong passwords, called passphrases, that are easy for you to remember and simple to type.