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Avoid Being a Victim of Cybercrime: 5 Tips Every UR Student Should Know!

NCSAM Week 2: October 8 - 14

Week two of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is focused on how to avoid being a cybercrime victim.

  1. Keep your security software current.  Having the latest security updates, as well as updating your web browsers and operating systems is your best defense against cybercriminals.
  2. Protect all our devices. In addition to your computer, your smartphone and gaming systems also need protection.  Make sure to keep them updated with the latest updates and patches.
  3. Be aware of what you share. Set the privacy and security settings on your web browsers and smartphones. By adjusting  these settings, you can increase your security while still sharing information. It’s OK to limit how and with whom you share information.
  4. Use Two Factor Authentication (2FA).  More and more websites and applications are starting to use two factor authentication to protect their users.  UR has also implemented Duo Security 2FA to access our campus virtual private network (VPN).  (Visit https://is.richmond.edu/accounts-passwords/duo/index.html for more details).
  5. Free Wi-Fi is not always free.  Wi-Fi connections at the airport or local coffee shop may seem like a lifesaver, but you could be making yourself at an easy target for hackers.  A few tips for using public Wi-Fi:
    • Turn off AirDrop and File Sharing
    • Don’t give away critical or private info when signing up for free Wi-Fi services.  Avoid accessing sensitive information such as bank accounts on free Wi-Fi.  
    • Stick to secure or HTTPS websites
    • Use your campus VPN when using public Wi-Fi (Visit https://is.richmond.edu/get-connected/vpn/index.html for more details).

Additional Resources:

"The Adoption of Multi-Factor Authentication in Higher Education" at https://staysafeonline.org/blog/adoption-mfa-higher-education/

Cyber Tips for Young Professionals has useful information about managing your online presence and how it may impact future career opportunities.