One of the easiest ways to practice Cyber Security is to make sure you have a strong password, and that you never share it with anyone! Just this year, the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) has updated their view on secure passwords. The days of passwords containing a uppercase and lowercase characters, a number, and a special character are over. It was determined by the NIST the hardest passwords to crack consist of four random words. Below are some tips to keep in mind:
Phishing is the malicious attempt to obtain personal information such as usernames, passwords, bank account, credit card numbers, etc. Users easily fall victim to these attacks by being tricked into opening attachments or clicking on links in email messages. Please take a minute to watch today’s video regarding phishing, http://www.iup.edu/itsupportcenter/cyber-security. After watching the video, take a moment to take the Cyber Security quiz and be entered to win a prize!
Tips for avoiding phishing scams:
Social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, provide terrific ways to communicate with friends and family and to network professionally. However, careful consideration should be used when sharing information online. What you share can be damaging to your reputation, prevent you from getting a job, and result in identity theft. Please take a moment to watch this week’s video about phishing on https:\\www.iup.edu\itsupportcenter\cyber-security.After watching the video, take a moment to take the Cyber Security quiz and be entered to win a prize!
When social networking, keep the following in mind to stay safe:
Malicious software or malware can harm your computer, and in some cases, puts your personal information at risk. The ins and outs of malware can get technical. Please take a minute to watch this week’s video regarding, https://www.iup.edu/itsupportcenter/cyber-security. After watching the video, take a moment to take the Cyber Security quiz and be entered to win a prize!
To keep your computer running efficiently and to protect your personal information:
All IUP faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to take advantage of the university’s site license for Sophos and MalwareBytes. They can be downloaded and installed on personal machines, free of charge from the IT Support Center Available Software page, https://www.iup.edu/itsupportcenter/software.
IUP is proud to be a 'champion' as designated by the National Cyber Security Alliance. The university conducts a number of educational and awareness activities throughout October, which is designated as National Cyber Security Month. The capstone event this year is Cyber Security/Information Assurance Day on Oct. 26. More details can be found at https://www.iup.edu/cybersecurity/activities/cyber-security-ia-day/.
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