Tech Tip: Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risks While Online

October 07, 2016

by Danicia Steele at 11:26 AM in Campus Community, Interesting, Tech Tips

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For over a decade, colleges and universities have promoted National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) each October as part of a collaborative effort to ensure everyone has the resources they need to stay safe online. Since information security is everyone's responsibility, the Office of Information Security (OIS) will be publishing tips to help raise your awareness and keep you safe in CyberSpace. 

It important that everyone understands the increasing security risks of mobile devices, from laptops and tablets to smartphones and wearable technology, and 24/7 access to our personal data. While nothing can be done to ensure we are all completely secure, there are several things you can do to reduce your risks while online: 

  1. Use Strong Passwords or Passphrases: Especially for online banking and other important accounts. Use a combination of mixed upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters that is not a dictionary word.  
  2. Check Your Social Media Settings: Review your social media security and privacy settings frequently. Enable two-step verification whenever possible. 
  3. Educate Yourself: Stay informed about the latest technology trends and security issues such as malware and phishing. 
  4. Get Trained: Contact your institution's IT, information security, or privacy office for additional resources or training opportunities. 
  5. Use updated antivirus product: Scan your devices often and make sure that the product is updated.  
  6. Keep your systems updated: Ensure that when updates to your devices and applications are published, you apply them soon.  

By performing these simple tasks, you are increasing the security posture and reducing the risk profile to you and your personal information. 

To view more tips and resources for National Cyber Security Awareness Month please connect online with UTSA Office of Information Technology on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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