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National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Secure Your Home

We've reached the final full week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. To close out the month, we focus on steps you can take to protect yourself at home from online attacks.

Secure your Wi-Fi network. 
If a criminal can get 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. 
When you're using Cornell services, you have an extra layer of protection when using Two-Step Login. Many services you use for your personal life also have the ability to add similar protection. Visit for details.

Keep a clean machine. 
Keep software up to date and install updates for apps and your device’s operating system as soon as they are available. Keeping the software on your mobile device up to date will prevent attackers from being able to take advantage of known vulnerabilities.

Know your apps. 
Be sure to review and understand the details of an app before downloading and installing it. Also, check to make sure the vendor or creator of the app is reputable. Be aware that apps may request access to your location and personal information. Delete any apps that you do not use regularly to increase your security.

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 Your full name, phone number, address, school or work location, and other sensitive information should not be published widely.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

Previous weeks' information

We hope you've picked up some useful information this month, or that you were reminded of steps you had been meaning to take to safeguard your online experiences. To review previous posts, you can:

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