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Week 2: Secure Your Home

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, focusing on our shared responsibility to keep the online community safe for everyone. With so many of us working and learning remotely, it’s more important than ever to strengthen our approach to cybersecurity. Our homes are more connected than ever before. Make your home a haven for online safety. Do your part. #BeCyberSmart.

Take simple steps now to safeguard against cyberattacks: Secure your home Wi-Fi network and protect your Internet-connected devices.

Watch the video: Cyber Secure Your Smart Home

Learn more: Security Practices When Working from Home and Tools for Working Remotely

Secure your Wi-Fi network.
If a criminal gains control of your home wireless router, they can use it to access all your connected devices. Secure your Wi-Fi network and digital devices by changing the factory-set default password and username.

Enable stronger authentication.
Two-Step Login adds an extra layer of security to your Cornell NetID and password. Plus, enabling two-factor authentication on your personal accounts protects them even if your password is compromised. Use 2FactorAuth to find sites that offer stronger authentication, like Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Visit for more on how to lock down your login, and give your accounts a security checkup.

Keep a clean machine.
Protect yourself and your devices. Stay current with software patches and install updates for apps and operating systems as soon as they become available. Keeping your software updated will prevent attackers from exploiting known vulnerabilities.

Keep tabs on your apps.
Review and understand the details and terms of service of any app before downloading and installing it. Check to make sure the app vendor or creator is reputable. Be aware that apps may request access to your location and personal information. Configure the privacy and security settings of your apps and devices--most devices default to the least secure settings. Stay current with notifications on your computer and mobile devices informing you of updates waiting to install, and act as soon as they're available. Plus, delete the apps you don't use regularly and turn off Bluetooth when you don't need it to increase your security.

Consider what you share.
Limit the amount of personal information you share online. Your full name, phone number, address, school or work location, and other sensitive data should not be published widely. Disable geotagging features that let people online know where you are and where you've been. Limit your social media networks to the people you know in real life, and set your privacy preferences to the strictest settings.

Week One: If You Connect It, Protect It

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 3:23pm

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