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Online Safety

Online Safety

For most people, going online to access information for classes, managing personal finances and shopping is just a click away.   While the internet often helps to provide ease and convenience in day to day activities, it is important to be thoughtful about how that information is managed and secured.  The digital footprint left behind can put personal information at risk if one isn't careful.

Here are some tips to stay safe online.

-Don’t overshare personal information.  Avoid using full addresses, birthdates, social security numbers, school identification numbers or other personal account numbers. 

-Protect your computer.  Keep software and operating systems current.  Malware is the cause to many computer related viruses.  Install antivirus software to help keep your devices virus free.  EKU IT provides students, faculty and staff antivirus software for computers.  

-Don’t get caught in a Phishing scam. 

-Keep yourself safe online.  Click on links online and in emails that come from trusted sources.  If you’re not sure about the source, don’t click on the link. 

-Passwords are an effective way to secure personal information.  Use different passwords for different sites or try using passphrases.  Click here for more information on passwords and passphrases.   Check out these other online resources: password generatorand password managers.

More Information

OnGuard Online-The Federal Trade Commission's website 
Staysafeonline-National Cyber Security Alliance's website

Information for this post was obtained from the EKU’s Information Technology site.  Click on the link for more info.  

Published on February 01, 2015

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