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Posted: 10/8/2012 - Passwords are Critical: Your passwords should be strong, and unique!
Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password. Don’t use common, recognizable words in your passwords.
Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals. Don’t use the same passwords for personal and business purposes.
Own your online presence: When available, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit who you share information with.
When in Doubt, Throw It Out! Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email. Remember, you can always contact the Technology Support Center for guidance!
Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct via WiFi and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine. If you don’t know for sure that the WiFi signal you are using is encrypted and safe, don’t use it.
Protect Your $$$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with https:// or shttp://, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. Http:// is not secure.
Think Before You Act: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information. Remember, UCM technology support staff will never ask you to put your IDs or passwords in an email.
Safer for you means more secure for all: What you do online has the potential to affect everyone - - at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
Remember: Post only about others as you have them post about you.
More information: http://www.staysafeonline.org/