CyberSecurity For Students

Stay Safe Online - Student Tips - PDF Version Available

 

Review your Social Media Privacy settings - customize your privacy settings and think about what you share.  Be careful talking about your location, and anything that you wouldn't want Grandma - or a future employer - to see.

Don't link your social media accounts together - one hacked account gives the hacker access to all linked accounts.

Be aware of online scams  - don't get lured by phishing! Report attempts to get your username, password, or other personal information to phish@appstate.edu

Log Out before you walk away from a public computer - log out of your MountaineerApps account and the public computer

Security Resources

Windows

Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus

Secunia PSI - Free Tool To Keep Your PC Patched

Microsoft Security CheckList For Windows7

 Mac OS/X 

Sophos Free Antivirus For Mac 

Other 

DNS Service Malware Protection

Appalachian Resources

support.appstate.edu/students for free antivirus software, and other support information for students

security.appstate.edu/phishing lists reported phishing attempts

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Our Technology Support Center  can troubleshoot problems, and remove virus and spyware from your devices.

 

See something suspicious?  Report issues promptly - call the ITS Help Desk at 828-262-6266

 

 Use Good Passwords and Keep them Safe

  • Use unique passwords - with letters, numbers, and symbols - for each account.  If you need help remembering your passwords, use a password vault like KeePass
  • Don't share your password, and never enter your password on a website without making sure you are in the right place - appstate.com might be a trick to look like appstate.edu!  Appalachian ITS will never ask for your password!

Keep clean machines

  • Make sure your device and software is set to install regular updates, and use Antivirus software

Back up your files with an external device and/or Mountaineer Drive

 

 CONNECT

 Connect Safely
  • Use a secure wireless connection, like "asu" wireless network, or be aware that you are on a public connection when you connect to public wireless
  • Use https whenever you transmit confidential information to a website

Be careful where you click 

  • Use official sites like Google Play Store to download apps, and review what they want to access
  • Don't open questionable email attachments or click on ads on websites

 

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