Cyber Security Awareness Tips

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Below are some essential tips for helping to keep your identity, personal information and data secure.


Phishing Emails

  • 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.


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