October Cybersecurity Month

It's Easy To Stay Safe Online

Protect Your Accounts

As more and more of our lives move into the digital space, it is important to keep all of our accounts secure. Every time you sign up for a software, social media, or any website that requires your personal information, you are putting your information at an elevated risk. As a result it is important that you are aware of what information you are sharing on the internet, ensure that you take the steps to protect your accounts properly. Keep reading for a chance at winning a prize in this week's activity!

PASSWORD PRACTICES, DO'S AND DON'TS

Because a creating a password is the first and most basic step taken to secure your account, having a strong one is important. Here are some basic guidelines for creating a secure one.

Do:

  • Create a Unique Password
  • Use Passphrases
  • Use a Password Manager
  • Include a Special Characters & number in Your Password
  • Make Your Passwords Long (16 characters or more)

Don't:

  • Reuse Your Passwords/Passphrases
  • Store Passwords In Your Browser
  • Use Personally Identifiable Info (e.g. Your Name)
  • Use a Common Password (e.g. password123)
  • Use Dictionary words

What is MFA?

Multifactor Authentication (MFA) is one of the best ways to boost your accounts security. Here are some benefits:

  • Reduces risk of compromised passwords
  • Increases security with something you know
  • Complies with single-sign-on
  • It adds next level security even remotely
  • It's easy to use

Why You Should Be Using A Password Manager

In average, most people have over 100 accounts. How can one remember 100 unique and complex passwords?  This is where a password managers role lies.  A password manager is software created to manage all your online credentials like usernames and passwords. It stores them in a safe, encrypted database and also generates new passwords when needed.  Use a password manager to help manage different passwords across your accounts and services. The best ones work for all browsers and devices. You can learn more by reading this article from wired.com,  Here are some benefits of using one:

  • Saves time
  • Works across all your devices and operating systems
  • Protects your identity
  • Notifies you of potential phishing websites
  • A better way to share passwords with people you trust
  • Notifies you when you use weak or compromised passwords

Play This Week's Activity!

Sign up for a Training

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

It is easy to stay safe online. This year Kent State will be encouraging employees and students alike to do your part in protecting valuable information. We will update our website weekly in October with new materials and activities. Prizes will be drawn to encourage your participation to stay safe. Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility which is why it is that important to be aware and knowledgeable about the topic giving you the ability to #BeCyberSmart.  

Themes and activities for this month

  • Week 1, 10/3: Using Tools to Protect Your Digital Identity - This week we will have a virtual escape room designed around protecting your passwords.

  • Week 2, 10/10: Protecting Yours & University Data - It is important to keep data safe.  We have a scavenger hunt for just that.

  • Week 3, 10/17: Update Your Software - It's important to keep software up to date for both performance and security. Join us for a quiz to test up on your cyber IQ.

  • Week 4, 10/24: Recognize & Report Phishing - Phishing scams are threats that we all must be vigilant for. Will you be able to recognize a phish email?

Visit kent.edu/it/secureit/BeCyberSmart for more information on each event.

Training

Throughout October, we will have both employees and student #BeCyberSmart training sessions.

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