InfoSec Blog - Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security

June 1, 2017

Follow these six US National Cyber Security Alliance recommendations to better protect yourself online and make the Internet more secure for everyone:

  • Fortify each online account or device. Enable the strongest authentication tools available. This might include biometrics, security keys, or unique one-time codes sent to your mobile device. Usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts such as e-mail, banking, and social media.
  • Keep a clean machine. Make sure all software on Internet-connected devices — including PCs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets — are updated regularly to reduce the risk of malware infection.
  • Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it. Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value — just like money. Be thoughtful about who receives that information and how it’s collected by apps or websites.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. Cybercriminals often use links to try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.
  • Share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it, and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
  • Own your online presence. Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s okay to limit how and with whom you share information.


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National Cyber Security CyberAware Awareness Month  THE BASIC STEPS TO ONLINE SAFETY AND SECURITY October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSANI) Online safety is our shared responsibility, and it starts with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. STOP: make sure security measures are in place. THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online. CONNECT: and enjoy the internet.   FOLLOW THESE STOP. TH I N K. CONNECT. TIPS TO BETTER PROTECT  YOURSELF ONLINE AND MAKE THE lNTERNET MORE SECURE FOR EVERYONE.  LOCK DOWN YOUR LOGIN Fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.  KEEP A CLEAN MACHINE Keep all software on internet-connected devices - including PCs, smartphone and tablets - up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.  PERSONAL INFORMATION IS LIKE MONEY. VALUE IT. PROTECT IT. Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value - just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected by apps and websites.  WHEN IN DOUBT. THROW IT OUT Cybercriminals often use links to try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.   SHARE WITH CARE Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.   OWN YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s oK to limit how and with whom you share information.

 

Source:  Educause Security Awareness