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Hackers Don’t Take Vacation: 6 Tips for a Cyber-Secure Summer

From viruses and scams to data breaches and identity theft, there are many risks out there. By following some simple steps, you can defend yourself and stay safe online. Below are six essential cybersecurity tips to help you protect your information and navigate the digital world with confidence.

1. Use Strong and Unique Passwords

Create complex passwords that include a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid using easily guessable information like birthdays or names. Additionally, use a unique password for each of your online accounts to prevent a single breach from compromising multiple accounts.

2. Never accept a DUO push you did not request

Duo’s two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts to keep faculty, staff and students protected from cyberattacks. Enabling 2FA whenever possible makes it harder for attackers to gain unauthorized access to your accounts.

3. Stay Updated

Regularly update your operating system, software and applications on all your devices. Software updates often include security patches that address known vulnerabilities. Keeping your devices up to date helps protect against exploits and ensures you have the latest security features.

4. Be Mindful of Social Media Sharing

Be mindful of the information you share on social media platforms. Avoid posting personal details like your home address, phone number or specific travel plans. Cybercriminals can exploit this information for malicious purposes, including identity theft and physical burglary.

5. Keep Your myBama Credentials Confidential

Never share your myBama credentials or any other login credentials with anyone. Your login information is personal and should remain confidential. Sharing your credentials, even with close friends or family members, increases the risk of unauthorized access to your accounts. 

6. Educate Yourself on Cybersecurity Best Practices

Stay informed about the latest cybersecurity threats and best practices. You can learn more about the cybersecurity resources on campus by visiting the Office of Information Technology website. By staying up to date, you can better protect yourself and make informed decisions regarding your online activities. 

Remember, cybersecurity is an ongoing effort. Following these tips can significantly enhance your online security and reduce the risk of falling victim to cyberattacks.