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Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness month?  The Office of Information Technology has put together a few tips and tricks to keep your computer and accounts secure.

  1. Think before you click!  Be wary of e-mails, social media posts, or texts imploring you to act quickly or offering you something too good to be true.
  2. Own your online presence. Set privacy and security settings on websites and devices to your comfort level of sharing. Review your privacy settings for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  3. Protect your computer.  Install antivirus and anti-malware software; OIT recommendations are online. Keep your software up to date by applying security patches. Password-protect or passcode-protect your computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.
  4. Back it up.  Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.  Consider using a service such as Dropbox or SkyDrive Pro, an external hard drive, or both.
  5. Keep it safe. Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place.  Consider using a service to store them, such as LastPass or 1Password.

Get more tips from STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

If you have questions or would like assistance securing your computer, contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900 or visit Student Computer Support in the Commons at Hodges Library.

OIT also offers training workshops for students in a wide range of topics, including Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Excel, and web survey design. To see all of the workshops offered throughout the semester, visit the OIT Training Page.