Stay Safe Online

October 2009 is the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an annual campaign to shed light on what each of us can do to protect our computers, privacy and data. It highlights the fact that everyone has a responsibility to take protective measures and make cyber threat awareness a part of their online regimen every time they log on.

As you get your flu shots at this time of year, remember to put cyber security on your “to do” list as well. Like a flu shot, cyber security protects you and others; it is a shared responsibility for everyone who uses the Internet and other computer resources. Unlike a flu shot, though, cyber security is not a seasonal fix. It requires year-round vigilance and multiple actions to combat the most prevalent cyber threats.

Simple Tips for Staying Safe Online

All Students, faculty and employees can follow simple guidelines that ensure that their cyber activities are safe. Among them are:

Install antivirus software, a firewall, and anti-spyware software on your computer, and update them regularly. Keep operating system and other software up-to-date by enabling auto update feature

Create strong passwords on your computer, electronic devices, and change them often. Never provide your password to anyone else.

Ignore suspicious e-mails and unsolicited offers asking for personal information.

Protect yourself while shopping online.

Only open attachments from trusted senders or if you know what they contain.

For additional information please visit

www.shu.edu/offices/technology/security-services-index.cfm

www.staysafeonline.org

www.onguardonline.gov

www.whitehouse.gov/video/National-Cybersecurity-Awareness-Month/

www.dhs.gov/journal/leadership/2009/10/securing-america-against-threat-of.html

Anand Malwade

IT Security Officer

Seton Hall University

About Stephen Landry

Stephen Landry, Ph.D., is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Seton Hall University. You can follow him on Twitter at: @landryst (https://twitter.com/landryst) His LinkedIn profile can be found at: www.linkedin.com/in/landryst/ and his EDUCAUSE profile can be found at: http://www.educause.edu/members/stephen-g-landry
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