Ten Security Tips for Students

  1. Protect your personal information - Use different passwords for different sites and never leave your laptop or other devices unattended, even for a few minutes.
  2. Secure your email - Use a unique email password-include letters, numbers and symbols-and never share it with anyone. And we mean anyone, including close friends.
  3. Be Web wise - Be wary of messages that require "immediate action" or ask for personal information.
  4. Throw it out if in doubt - If a link in an email, tweet or post looks suspicious, it's best to delete it-even if you know the source.
  5. Avoid sharing too much - Sharing too much information on social networks-such as indicating when you're not home, can make you a target for #burglary. Adjust privacy settings on your accounts and be mindful of what you share.
  6. Limit your activities on public Wi-Fi - Limit access to sensitive accounts-such as banking-when you're on a public network and consider using a VPN to lock down your connection.
  7. Keep software up-to-date - Shutting down your computer or mobile device will install most automatic updates, but don't ignore the pop-ups and messages from your task bar either.
  8. Lock your devices - Lock your computer when you walk away, and create a hard-to-guess passcode for your phone or tablet.
  9. Be a good online citizen - What you do online has the potential to affect everyone-at home, at work and around the world-so always practice good online habits.
  10. Don't post drunk - Or dial or text, for that matter. What happens on Snapchat, doesn't necessarily stay on Snapchat.
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