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National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2018: Recognize and Prevent Cybercrime

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the IT Security Office is raising awareness about the importance of online privacy and security. This week's theme is "Recognize and Prevent Cybercrime." Members of the IT@Cornell community are often the ones friends and family turn to for guidance with their computers and other devices. Here’s your chance to be an expert and guide others in the right direction to online safety.

Week four recap:

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, review 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.

IT security checkup tips. Take this opportunity for a digital security checkup and boost good data hygiene habits. Both Google and Facebook offer security checkups to help protect your account, review security settings, and add more secure features. There are also things to check for that are specific to Cornell. Review more at: IT security checkup resources.

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