Week 4: Recognize and Prevent Cybercrime
This article applies to: National Cyber Security Awareness Month
It’s week four of National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Here’s your chance to be an expert and guide others in the right direction to online safety.
Cyber attackers often impersonate trusted individuals to trick people into sharing their passwords, infecting their devices, or releasing sensitive information. If you or someone you know receives a suspicious or unusual email from a supposedly trusted source, STOP! Try contacting that person or business directly by calling, visiting, or some other means to verify the information directly.
Share with care. 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 an informed, critical approach to help you decide whether they are definitely what they claim to be.
Use strong passwords or passphrases. Passphrases are complex, hard to guess, and easy to remember. To learn more, read this illustrated example. Also, remember the LastPass secure password management enterprise account is free to all current Cornell 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.