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National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2018: Secure at Work

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 "Secure at Work." Try these steps to improve your cyber security at Cornell.

Week three recap:

When in doubt, throw it out. Stop and think before you open email attachments or click links online. Links in emails, instant messages, and online posts are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, it’s best to delete it. Always think twice before you click on anything.

Two resources you can use when you receive an email that claims to be from Cornell:

Ensure against ransomware by using backup and recovery services like EZ-Backup. Make electronic and physical backups or copies of all your important work. Data can be lost in many ways, including computer malfunctions, malware, theft, viruses, and accidental deletion. Cornell's EZ-Backup service is available for faculty and staff.

Guard your devices. In order to prevent theft and unauthorized access, never leave your laptop or mobile device unattended in a public place, and lock your devices when not in use.

Secure your accounts with strong passwords. This goal is easier to meet when you use techniques like passphrases and services like Cornell's LastPass secure password management service. Never share any of your usernames or passwords with anyone. When available, turn on or expand the use of multi-factor authentication like Two-Step Login for an added layer of security beyond the password.

Report anything suspicious. If you experience any unusual problems with your computer or device that you suspect may be due to a compromise, contact the IT Service Desk.

For more tips, follow @Cornell_IT and #CyberAware on Twitter, and like IT@Cornell on Facebook.

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