Welcome to the fourth and final week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This week, we will focus on additional steps people can take to protect themselves in our digitally connected world. Not only do these steps help to protect you, your home,and your workplace, they also help to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Helpful Practices:

-#LockDownURlogin – usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, bank, and social media. Improve account security by enabling strong authentication tools such as biometrics (fingerprints or facial recognition) or unique one-time codes
Keep a Clean Machine – having the latest security software, Web browser, and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats
Safer for me, more secure for all – what you do online affects everyone. Good online habits help the global digital community
When in Doubt, Throw it Out – links in emails, posts, and ads are often how criminals try to steal info. Always independently verify unexpected requests and communications

For further information, please review the following OUCH! security awareness newsletters:

Smart Home Devices: Reinforces vulnerabilities with smart home devices and describes what you can do to secure them from today’s cyber threats
Passphrases: Helpful tips regarding the use of passphrases instead of password to secure your access

Our weekly awareness emails, supporting information and a growing list of security resources are available from the Cyber Security Awareness Month and Information Security pages on the CUNY Website.

Please feel free to share this information and, as always, contact me if you have any questions.