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Week 1: October 2-6 2017 STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™: Simple Steps to Online Safety

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.

“All members of the public can take some simple actions to protect themselves online and to recover in the event a cyber incident occurs. Week 1 will address the top consumer cybersecurity concerns, provide simple steps to protect against these concerns, and help the public understand what to do if they fall victim to cybercrime.”

Securing the internet is our shared responsibility

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.

More than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred everyday since the beginning of 2016.
That’s a 300% increase over 2015, where 1,000 ransomware attacks were seen per day.
-Barkley.com 2017

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.

Basic Tips & Advice:

  • Keep a clean machine. Having the latest software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
  • Lock Down Your Login. Fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your user names and passwords re not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.
  • Get Savvy about Wi-Fi Hotspots. Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.

For more Basic Tips and Advice click here.

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

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


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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