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

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

Security Resources


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 


DNS Service Malware Protection

Appalachian Resources for free antivirus software, and other support information for students lists reported phishing attempts


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 - might be a trick to look like!  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 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