Best Practices: In Recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

  • You are a target to hackers
    • Don't ever say "It won't happen to me".  We are all at risk and the stakes are high - to your personal and financial well-being, and to the University's standing and reputation.

  • Keep software up to date
    Installing software updates for your operating system and programs is critical. Always install the latest security updates for your devices:
  • Turn on Automatic Updates for your operating system.
  • Use web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox that receive frequent, automatic security updates.
  • Make sure to keep browser plug-ins (Flash, Java, etc.) up to date.
  • Utilize software to find other software on your computer that needs to be updated.

  • Avoid Phishing scams - beware of suspicious emails and phone calls. If you are not sure, do not respond.
    • Practice good password management
    • Use long passwords - 20 characters or more is recommended.
    • Use a strong mix of characters, and never use the same password for multiple sites.
    • Don't share your passwords and don't write them down (especially not on a post-it note attached to your monitor).
  • Be careful what you click
  • Never leave devices unattended
  • Use mobile devices safely
    • Turn off your Bluetooth when you are not using it.
  • Use public wireless hot-spots wisely
    • Found here:
    • Choose your network wisely
    • Use a VPN. There are free VPN’s available to download and install.
    • Check for HTTPS
    • Patch it up, check your apps Keep everything updated-immediately
    • Enable two-factor authentication
    • Forget the networks you have been on previously
  • Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) at all times

Courtesy of:
John B. Nicholas, PhD
Professor of Computer Information Systems
Program Director of Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics
Department of Business and Information Technology
College of Applied Science and Technology
The University of Akron