Thursday September 28, 2017

Why Should I S’Care? Unmasking Cyber Monsters

We hear about helpful life hacks all the time, but what do we know about harmful hacks by criminals trying to turn our personal data into cash?

Unfortunately, colleges really are at risk! When it comes to cyber breaches, healthcare and retail aren’t the only ones with a target on their back. Higher Ed is also vulnerable, as our neighbors at Bowling Green reminded us earlier this year. Harvard and Penn have dealt with hackers, too. Stolen information and identity theft is something we hear about so often, it can seem unavoidable.

But it doesn’t have to be. This October marks the 14th year of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an annual collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cybersecurity Alliance to raise awareness about behaviors that keep us all safer online. And this October UDit is bringing NCSAM straight to you, UD students!

We’ll teach you to recognize the tricks used by cyber criminals and the easy steps you can take to avoid them. Simple steps to protect yourself – and the UD community – from cybercrime. 

 Cartoon playing LIFE, gets card saying "your identity has been stolen. Lose a turn."

Follow us on Twitter @UDaytonIT to learn more about safe computing, get cyber-mindful swag and earn a chance to win prizes over the next three weeks. Here’s what’s coming up:

Oct 9 – 13: Keep Your Passwords Under Wraps
Oct 16 – 20: Keep Monsters Off Your Mobile
Oct 23 – 27: Know Witch Email’s a Scam?

It doesn’t take much to outsmart hackers; we just have to pay attention. Check in with @UDaytonIT to see how safe computing can be so simple, it’s scary!

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