Defend your data: be cyber-smart with your accounts and personal devices | E-News

Cyber ​​attacks are getting more sophisticated by the day, but students, faculty and staff at WVU can take a few simple steps to #BeCyberSmart and stay ahead of the criminals. During National Cyber ​​Security Awareness Month, IT and the Office of Equity Assurance recommend five ways to stay safely connected.

While no measures are foolproof, these free and easy tips can help you control and protect your online presence and exponentially reduce your chances of getting hacked. It saves you time, money and aggravation. Consider these metrics for all your accounts and electronic devices.

  1. Use multi-factor authentication. Passwords can be compromised, so prove it’s you with a phone number or email address. Banks, social networks, and many other online services such as Amazon, Apple, and Google support two-step sign-in.

  2. Use strong passwords. Long, complex and unique passwords for each personal account can stop hackers. Save all of those passwords securely using a password manager such as LastPass, Keeper, Bitwarden, Dashlane, or 1Password.

  3. Don’t wait, update. Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system helps prevent online threats. Don’t ignore the messages to update your phone software; do it.

  4. Do your research. Before downloading a new app, see who created it and what the reviewers are saying. Find articles on privacy and security features. Avoid apps with excessive permissions, pop-up ads, and poor authentication practices.

  5. Check your settings. Check the privacy and security settings of your personal accounts and know who can see your information. Add security measures such as password requirements for Zoom calls to protect privacy and prevent Zoom bombing.

Every week in October, we’ll bring you tips for defending your data.

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