Protecting your computer’s information is essential, especially in college. There are many hackers who won’t have to do much to access your bank account * especially if you use wireless predominantly *, so it is important that you have strong cybersecurity skills. Most of the problems you may encounter are caused by bad decisions, so we’ll discuss this extensively. If a high percentage of your actions are based on common sense, then you will have no problems dealing with these issues. Antivirus is another way to keep your computer safe and your information safe. Here you can find helpful tips on solving security issues!
The best way to start is to remember your responsibilities and rights. Knowledge is power, so the more you know, the better. remember this:
- You must take responsibility for your actions online because you are the only one in control. If you deal with websites that are not good to be scanned, you may damage your cybersecurity and become more vulnerable to attacks. Your personal data is yours to protect, not the property of anyone else, so you need to understand that every action you take may have repercussions.
- Choosing a reliable password is an important part of this process, so be sure to spend some time brainstorming. It might be your pet’s name and date of birth along with a lot of easy guessing. Think deeper.
- Don’t click on attractive links. They look attractive for a reason! If you do not know the source of the email, do not click on the links provided within it. Your computer may bruise.
- What is the target URL for the link? Checking this is very relevant because it tells you a lot about which website you will land on. If the link does not appear reliable, the website may not be worth checking out. You can always see what original websites look like.
- Before dealing with a website, check to see if it is registered in the online database. If no data is disclosed, you might want to leave that.
- Get ad blocking because ads can easily interact with your computer!
- Get an effective antivirus program to protect you from cyber attacks. Do not install applications that you do not need or want on your computer.
- The USB drive should be used with care. Accept USB only from those who have verified its accuracy.
- If you suspect any online activity or abuse of the system, contact the person responsible for it in your office or home. Be sure to report this.
Saving your data on Google Drive
It’s easy to lose your information so backing up it online is a good start. When you work at home or in the classroom, be sure to copy and paste all of your work onto your school’s Blackboard platform. Google Drive is the simplest method for me but your school may be more open to giving you options. This data is only available to your eyes, so even if your computer is hacked, you can still quickly access your information from any other computer. Another option is to use a USB drive to store your data. While this is also a good option, using an online platform would be much cheaper than using any other tool.
Phishing messages are hard to spot, and as I mentioned, they are very attractive. You will likely receive an email stating that you won a trip to Paris for being a good student. If it does, then move on to the process I described above. Ask the question, where did this email come from? Next, check how the site looks. If it doesn’t look accurate or original then don’t click on it. The next thing you should do * if you are still unsure of the accuracy of the email * is to check with your school’s IT office. Contact them to ask if the email is safe to open. If not, delete the email immediately.
Careful with Personal Information
It is very dangerous to share personal information with others, so pay attention to the accounts associated with your phone number. Random people may contact you to introduce them to be someone else; Do not believe them. They will usually request your information, pretending to be from the bank or postal services, and possibly even the tax authority. Remember, these services I mentioned above will never request your personal information over the phone! So, please refuse to answer their questions or hang up.
What do I do if I was attacked?
If you have already been attacked or think you have been attacked, contact your school’s IT office first. Then call the police and your parents. Getting information from you could make your family members * or your community * vulnerable to cyberattacks.