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Tips to Stay Cyber Secure

MFA or Multi-Factor Authentication is another layer of security. A password is no longer enough to secure one's account. So become 99% safe, and enable MFA on your accounts today.

How to Spot Phishing: Make sure to look at the wording, who it's from, and where it's coming from. Hackers and scammers like to trick people, so beware.

What do updates even do? They give you the latest and greatest software, and you get more security; updates patch known vulnerabilities. So, keep your systems up to date and stay cyber safe.

Wait, am I helping scammers?! Scammers like to create urgency, so one acts quickly and so they can get away with it. So, if you're asked for money, personal information, or other, think twice, and do your research, and verify if it's legitimate it makes a difference.

Protection against hackers: Passwords are often the only protection one has against hackers. Making one's passwords strong is key to protecting our information. To create a strong password try creating a passphrase. A phrase is easier to remember and harder to guess. One example of a passphrase is: "CWUgoWildcats!1891!" (Do not use this example!) which uses 19 characters and is relatively easy to remember.

Data Breaches: Human error has caused most of the data breaches and one of the reasons would be phishing. So, if you receive an email, verify if it's legitimate, check for any errors in spelling, and report it if it's suspicious; it's better to be safe than sorry.

Decrease your cyber risk with 2 easy steps: Use strong passwords, and make sure to update to the latest software.

What is cloud security? Cloud security may come with implementing different solutions besides simply migrating to the cloud. That is because migrating to the cloud doesn't necessarily come with security.

Third party risk is risk obtained from another organization. It is important to work closely with third parties and understand their security controls, as well as make sure they keep your data safe.

Ransomware attacks encrypt data in demand of a ransom, per the Spokesman Review. Additionally, ransomware attacks can cripple organizations. Recently, Whitworth University was attacked by ransomware so students couldn't pay their tuition or access their emails for a while as the incident was identified on July 29, and is expected to have 95% of systems restored by August 31.

Why do I need backups? Backups are useful for many things; however, one important factor is that they can keep your information safe. Accidents happen and one can accidentally delete a file, lose a device, or download malicious software. So, keep backups and keep your data safe.

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