Tips to Stay Safe Online
by EagleTech Mason Peterman
In an increasingly technological world it is our duty to place a greater emphasis on information and cyber security. The internet is a shared resource and it is our shared responsibility as digital citizens to secure it. Here are a few tips for how you can keep yourself and your information safe while using the internet.
Keep a Clean Machine
Keep all software on internet-connected devices current to reduce risk of infection from ransomware and malware. Turning on automatic software updates for internet-connected devices, including personal computers, smartphones, tablets, and gaming systems, will ensure that your systems stays up to date and your information is safe.
Own Your Online Presence
You have control over your online experience, and it is up to you what you share. Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level of information sharing. Information about you such as purchase history or location has value, and it is ok to limit how and with whom you share info.
When in Doubt, Throw it Out
Cybercriminals often try to compromise information using fraudulent links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertisements. If you receive or see something suspicious in your email or online, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or, if appropriate, mark it as junk.
Back It Up
Always make sure to protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. Keeping a backup of important digital information will protect you from falling victim to ransomware or other cyber security threats. This simple trick will allow you to fully restore your data from a backup if you’re ever targeted for a cyber attack. Learn more at bc.edu/backup.
Share with Care
Be careful when posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it, and how it might affect you or others. Being cautious and thinking twice before sharing personal information with an untrusted source helps keep you safe from cyber threats.
Learn more all month at bc.edu/cybersecurity.