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Week 1: October 3-7, 2016

Cybersecurity is present in every aspect of our lives, whether it be at home, work, school, or on the go. Regardless of one’s technical ability or background, there are simple steps everyone can take to be more cyber secure in their digital lives.

Use the FCC’s Smart Phone Security Checker tool to get tips on how to protect your smartphone. Select your mobile operating system and click on “Generate Your Checker” The operating system’s options include Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

Did you know? In 2012, young adults filed 31% of all identity theft complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission. Don’t Panic


Some Useful tips and resources for students (and everyone else).

HEADS UP! Guide for students

If you are a victim of a computer-related crime, file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center or your State Attorney General's Office.

Connected Things: Why Should We Care?

Technology provides a level of convenience to our lives, but it requires that we share more information than ever. The security of this information, and the scale of interconnectedness
created by the “Internet of Things” increases the consequences of known risks and creates new ones. 

Simple Tips:

  1. Keep a clean machine. Like your smartphone or PC, keep any device that connects to the Internet free from viruses and malware. Update the software regularly on the device itself as well as the apps you use to control the device.
  2. Think twice about your device. Have a solid understanding of how a device works, the nature of its connection to the Internet, and the type of information it stores and transmits.
  3. Secure your network. Properly secure the wireless network you use to connect Internet-enabled devices. 

The SANS Institute has collected tips, newsletters and videos for Cyber Security Awareness Month at

Other resources on the ICIT Security site:

Hunter Students: protect yourself Hunter Faculty and Staff: protect yourself
If you believe your device, identity or network has been compromised, report it to ICIT


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