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! If you’ve been following along, you may already know more about cyber security than anyone else in your family. Here’s your chance to be an expert and guide in the right direction.
Cyber attackers often try to pretend to be someone they’re not to fool people into sharing their password, infecting their computer, or sharing sensitive information. If your family receives a suspicious or unusual email from someone they know, STOP! Try contacting that person or business directly to verify by calling, visiting, or some other means.
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 a 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 comic. 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.