Back to School Security

Published On: October 4th, 2022Categories: Business Software, Business Technology, Cyber Security, Tech Tips, Tech Trends

Security Is On The Schedule

Don’t let cybersecurity be absent this school year! Whether you are in the classroom or at home, remember these tips.

Keep Your Passwords Strong
Did you know that eight-character passwords with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters can be cracked in 40 minutes?!

A 16-character password of the same complexity? BILLIONS OF YEARS!

When making passwords, remember:

  • Use a combination of numbers, letters, and special characters.
  • Make it long! 16-20 characters is ideal.
  • Never recycle or reuse passwords across accounts!
  • Don’t use personal information or common words as passwords. Family names, pets, and birth years all make poor passwords.

Don’t Fall For Phishing
Did you just get an email giving you an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas this summer? No, you just got phished! Phishing can put your personal
information at risk.

To help avoid phishing attempts, ask:

  • Is this too good to be true?
  • Is there a sense of urgency?
  • Are there abundant grammar and spelling mistakes?
  • Are there strange links or attachments

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you might be looking at a phishing email! Stop, look, and think before you click!

Lock Up For Lunch
Late for lunch and trying to run? Make sure to lock your computer or workstation first!
It only takes seconds to wreak havoc on an unlocked device. Data theft, changed grades, and malicious software! Oh my!

Make it easy and use keyboard shortcuts.

  • For Mac: Ctrl + Cmd + Q
  • For PC: Windows + L

It’s no difficult feat; lock your screen before you leave your seat!

Remember, when it comes to passwords, long is strong! Stop, look, and think before taking any action on a suspicious email! And always lock your device! Have a safe and secure school year!

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About the Author: Eric Vicencio

Eric began his career in healthcare, and he has been working in the IT field since 2006 when he graduated from Northern Illinois University. Eric specializes in Infrastructure, SQL and compliance: Licensing, HIPAA, GLBA and PCI.