Below are some essential tips for helping to keep your identity, personal information and data secure.
- Never respond to requests for personal information via email. Businesses will never ask for personal information in an email.
- Do not enter personal information in a pop-up screen.
- Do not click on any links listed in an e-mail message. Copy and paste the URL into your browser.
- Marking phishy emails as spam in gmail will make it more likely gmail will identify future messages as spam for you and others with NMU accounts.
- Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software and update them regularly.
Dispose of Information Properly
- Destroy/shred hard copy confidential documents that contain personal information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and health records.
- Ensure you are using the right tools when destroying and disposing of personal information or media storage from your computer and mobile devices.
Ethics – Be a good cyber citizen
- Do not engage in inappropriate conduct, such as cyberbullying, cyberstalking or rude and offensive behavior.
- Do not do something in cyberspace that you would consider wrong or illegal in everyday life.
- Do not impersonate someone else. It is wrong to create sites, pages, or posts that seem to come from someone else.
- Adhere to copyright restrictions when downloading material from the Internet.
- Do not use someone else’s password or other identifying information.
Lock it when you leave
- It takes only a few seconds to secure your computer and help protect it from unauthorized access. Lock down your computer every time you leave your desk.
- Set up a screen-saver that will lock your computer after a pre-set amount of time and require a password to log back in.
- If your computer is used by more than one person, you may want to create individual accounts, with unique login and passwords for each user.
- Choose a strong password. A good password should always include upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and at least one special character. Do not set the option that allows a computer to remember any password.
Protect data on mobile devices
- Ask yourself “Is it really necessary that I transport this sensitive information?” If the answer is no, then do not copy the information.
- Choose a strong password. A good password should always include upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and at least one special character. Never use the same password for multiple devices or accounts.
- Store your portable devices securely. When not in use, store devices out of sight and when possible in a locked drawer or cabinet.
Protect mobile devices
- Password-protect your portable device.
- Be sure all critical information is backed up.
- Disable Bluetooth when not required.
- Make sure your firewall and anti-virus are up-to-date.
- Store your portable devices securely.
- Record identifying information such as serial number and label your equipment if possible.
- Report the loss or theft to the appropriate authorities as soon as possible.