Last month, two of our ITS staff, Erin Plese and Jonathan Wince from our Security team, were featured in NAU Social’s podcast, LumberChats. Plese and Wince discussed how NAU students, faculty and staff can be safe online. Want to listen? Tune in here.
The purpose of cybersecurity is to prevent cyber attacks, data breaches, identity theft and can also help aid with risk management issues Biggest cybersecurity threat for the average college student is exposure to passwords and data breaches. It’s important to keep your passwords unique; don’t be recycling your passwords everywhere.
Three things we can all do to better secure our digital profile:
- Enroll in Two-Step Verification
- Do not open suspicious links, as it could lead to phishing scams
- Only install software that you know where it’s coming from (it only takes one person to potentially breach the entire system)
Common myths about Cybersecurity:
- I don’t have anything a hacker would want.
*False, there’s always something that a hacker would want, like a good credit score or your name.
- Security is only an issue if I use Windows or Android
*False, any device connected to the Internet has the potential of getting compromised
- The apps you have aren’t giving away your privacy.
*False, as more and more apps leak information that users don’t know they are sharing
- Make your password at least 12 characters in length – the longer the better.
- When connecting to a public connection, such as an airport, beware of open Wi-Fi as it is not protected