Staying Safe in College: Cybersecurity Tips
Certainly, the last thing you want to be anxious about is your cybersecurity. We want to help you get to know how to avoid risks and protect your devices and information. Look through our tips and learn.
Internet security tips
- Lock your computer and your phone. Make sure that all your devices are physically and digitally secured. Use an auto-lock (if you have it) or pin code, or invest in a cable lock. Don’t use a date of your birthday or other personal data for creating passwords.
- Don’t share too much. Even though sharing on social media might have become your second nature by now, don’t do it too often. For example, don’t make posts about your absence from home. Update your privacy settings to make sure you’re sharing only with your friends and still be very careful.
- Secure your email. It’s one of the best recommendations for college students to secure their data. You have to know what sites and services have your email. See if you can improve the security features of your account. Make your password unique and, if possible, use multifactor authentication for your account. Never share your password with others.
- Generate and protect your passwords. All your passwords have to be unique, strong and known only by you. You can use a password manager to generate complex passwords that are almost impossible to break.
- Update your software. Updates are important since they help fix errors and improve some features. Therefore, don’t neglect the prompts.
- Limit the use of open WiFi. Even though free WiFi is such a convenient thing to use, it’s also unsafe. After all, who knows who is on the network with you right now? When you have to use free networks, don’t access your important accounts, such as banking. Alternatively, use VPN to surf the web anonymously.
- Prepare for loss. No matter how you try to protect your devices and data you keep there, different things can happen. So you have to be prepared. Always backup your documents to ensure information protection. Install the software that allows you to access remotely your device to wipe it if required. Use the tracking software to have more chances to find a lost device.
Make sure that you use ALL of these tips to protect your devices and information.