October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, focusing on our shared responsibility to keep the online community safe for everyone. This year's theme is "Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart." and encourages personal accountability and awareness to ensure online privacy and security. The Internet touches nearly every aspect of our daily lives. When we all take steps to secure our connected devices and data, we all benefit.
Enable or expand stronger authentication. Use Cornell services like Two-Step Login. It protects your accounts even if your password is stolen or cracked. Two-factor authentication is also available for popular non-Cornell services, like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and more. Give your accounts a security checkup.
Make your passwords long and strong. This is easier when you use passphrases. What's a passphrase? Read this illustrated dialogue to find out. Also, use a password manager like LastPass. Sign up for a free enterprise account available to all current students, faculty, and staff.
Keep your devices and apps up to date. Manufacturers and software developers often patch security holes in their products, but they only work if you apply them. Stay current with notifications from your computer and mobile devices informing you of updates waiting to install, and act as soon as they're available.
Think before you click. Links in email and online posts are often the way cybercriminals trick people. If a link looks suspicious (even if you know the source), confirm before clicking!
Share with care. Use social media safely. Before you share online, think about how you'd feel if that information were to end up somewhere you didn’t intend. When going to new websites, take a critical approach to help you decide whether they are definitely what they claim to be.