Tips: Cybersecurity Checklist

Cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility.

The Office of Information Security would like to make sure you are digitally prepared by installing security or application updates for your devices and applications such as your browser. For e.g., AppleGoogle and Microsoft have recently announced critical security updates for their products. Here are some helpful tips to protect your computer and your data. 

     Lock Down Your Login

Strong passwords are essential, but they aren't enough to protect your key accounts. Use strong authentication tools. Enable MFA like biometrics, security keys or a unique, one-time code through an app on your mobile device whenever possible. 

Lock your computer when you walk away. For extra security, set the automatic lock to enable after a short period of time. Log off your computer and applications when planning to be away for a longer period of time, and shut it down when it is not in use for an extended period of time, such as overnight.  


 Keep a Clean Machine

Keep software current on Internet-connected devices to reduce the risk of infection from ransomware and malware. Visit the Device Security Checklist to learn more on how to keep you machine clean.



When in Doubt, Throw it Out

If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, Report the Phish or, if appropriate, mark it as junk. If you believe the email is legitimate, verify before you click. Hover your cursor over embedded links to see where they’ll lead you before clicking and do not open any attachments you are not expecting.

Also, do not respond to any email requests for your username, password or personal information. Villanova University will never send you an email message requesting your username and password. 


 Back It Up

Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. If you have a copy of your data and your device falls victim to ransomware or other cyber threats, you will be able to restore the data from a backup. Use CrashPlan and OneDrive to back up your data and files. 


Own Your Online Presence

Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It is OK to limit how and with whom you share information. 



Share with Care

Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it might affect you or others.


Value Personal Information

Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it is collected by apps, websites and all connected devices. Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value — just like money. Visit our Have I Been Pwned article to see if your personal information has been compromised. 




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