November 2017: Shop Safe Online, Even on Black Friday!
From Educause athttps://er.educause.edu/blogs/2017/9/november-2018-shop-safe-online-even-on-black-friday
The holiday season is the perfect time for cybercriminals to take advantage of unsuspecting online shoppers. When you go to the grocery store or local shop, it's habit to grab your reusable bags, lock the car, and make sure you've safely put away your credit card or cash before heading home with the day's purchases. Similar precautions need to be taken when you're shopping online from the comfort of your own home. If you make these simple precautions regular online shopping habits, you'll be protecting your purchases and personal information.
National Cyber Security Alliance recommends following these basic steps so you'll be ready to cybershop safely and securely.
• Lock down your login. One of the most critical things you can do in preparation for the online shopping season is to fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like e-mail, banking, and social media.
• Keep clean machines. Before searching for that perfect gift, be sure that all web-connected devices—including PCs, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets—are free from malware and infections by running only the most current versions of software and apps.
• Shop reliable websites online. Use the sites of retailers you trust. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
• Conduct research. When using a new website for your holiday purchases, read reviews and see if other customers have had a positive or negative experience with the site.
• Personal information is like money: value it and protect it. When making a purchase online, be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure you think it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Remember that you only need to fill out required fields at checkout.
• Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots. If you are out and about, limit the type of business you conduct over open public Wi-Fi connections, including logging in to key accounts, such as e-mail and banking. Adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your phone. If you must use open Wi-Fi connections, connect to a virtual private network (VPN) first.
• Check the address bar. Look for the green lock icon and https:// in the URL before using your credit card online.
Other Resources of Interest
Shopping Safely Online from US-CERT
October 2017: Information Security Is Our Responsibility
From Educause at https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2016/11/october-2017-information-security-is-our-responsibility
Did you know? According to a 2016 Raytheon survey, 86 percent of young adults think that keeping the Internet safe and secure is a responsibility we all share - up four points from 82 percent in 2015.
As digital citizens, we are getting better about consistently protecting ourselves, our devices, and our family and friends. However, the Internet is always "on," so we must remain vigilant and continue to connect with care in order to protect our mobile devices - including laptops, tablets, smartphones, and wearable technology - as well as our personal information.
• Protect your device. Add a passcode to your cell phone, tablet, or laptop right now!
• Use strong passwords or passphrases. Especially for online banking and other important accounts.
• Enable multifactor authentication. Wherever possible, enable multifactor authentication, which helps secure your accounts by requiring hardware or biometrics in addition to your password.
• Check your social media settings. Review your social media security and privacy settings frequently. Enable two-step verification whenever possible.
• Educate yourself. Stay informed about the latest technology trends and security issues such as malware and phishing.
• Get trained. Contact your institution's IT, information security, or privacy office for additional resources and training opportunities.
Other Resources of Interest
Lock Down Your Login - Six Steps to Better Security