Intro: Cybersecurity Awareness Month


Protect Yourself. Protect Your Peers. Protect Our University.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and it gives us a chance to raise awareness about this important topic and to share knowledge that will keep you safer and more secure online.

We are excited to share informative articles full of tips about how to recognize cybersecurity risks, avoid falling for them, and better protect not only yourself, but the rest of the Villanova community as well. 

"Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart." 


1: Enabling multi-factor authentication 

No matter what you call it, multi-factor authentication, or MFA, is a security measure that requires anyone logging into an account to navigate a two-step process to prove their identity. With just a single, additional step, multi-factor authentication greatly increases the security of every account you log into. 



2: Use a strong password

Passwords should be memorable, unique, and complex. ​​​​​​Do not reuse the same password across websites. If one of those sites gets compromised, malicious users will use that password on other sites as well. Using a password manager can help!


3: Recognize and report the phish

Spot - Report – Stop the Phish! It isn’t enough to simply know that phishing emails are out there; you also need to be able to recognize and report them. Use the Report Phish button to report any suspicious emails sent to your inbox.​ 



4: Update your software 

Villanova students and employees can backup their data by using OneDrive and their devices by using CrashPlan (only available to faculty and staff). Keep your information secure by making sure your software and apps are up-to-date.

•Update often
•Get it from the source
•Make it automatic
•Watch out for fake installers


5: Back up your files

Keep your information secure by making sure your software and apps are up-to-date.

•Update often
•Get it from the source
•Make it automatic
•Watch out for fake installers

6: Lock your device

Keep your information secure by making sure your devices are locked when you step away.

  • Enable a PIN for mobile devices
  • Learn the short cut keys to lock your Windows or Apple computers.


Join the Campaign* 

The STOP. THINK. CONNECT.TM  campaign is a national public awareness effort to increase the understanding of cyber threats and empowers the American public to be safer and more secure online. It encourages Americans to view Internet safety as a shared responsibility- at home, in the workplace, and in our communities. 

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.TM is part of an unprecedented effort among federal and state governments, industry, and non-profit organizations to promote safe online behavior and practices. It is a unique public-private partnership, implemented in coordination with the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Visit the CISA website to learn more about the Cybersecurity Awareness Program



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Questions or concerns? Contact the UNIT Help Desk at or 610-519-7777




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