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Simple Changes to be More Cybersecure

PHOTO: Student on laptop in Library West.

Checking the age of your passwords and reviewing an email link or attachment before opening it can go a long way in protecting yourself from a cyber attack. It’s the world we now live in, so here are some reminders that could save you a lot of heartache and financial and/or identity problems:

1. Check before you click.
Never click on links or open attachments without inspecting the email first. With the enormous volume of malicious emails created and sent every day, being cautious is crucial. Always hover over the email address and look for signs of a scam.
2. Protect and update your passwords.
When was the last time you updated your passwords? Experts recommend updating them every 60 days! Not only should you update passwords, but you should use a passPHRASE. The longer your passwords are, the better.
3. Never leave your electronic devices unattended.
As tempting as it is to ask someone to watch your laptop while in Marston, don’t take this risk. Always take your portable items with you, even if it’s just “for a minute” while you are at the reference desk.

For more ways to be cyber aware, read the Psychology of Phishing story on UFIT News or visit the Information Security Office website.