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Adopting IT Security best practices can keep you safe while using the Internet. You’ll be taking steps to protect not only your personal information but also Douglas College’s data. That means there will be less possibility to put yourself and the College at risk.
More information can be found on Get Cyber Safe and Tips for Online Safety 2017.
Having a strong password is fundamental to protect your online information. But the best option is to create a passphrase instead. Passphrases are sequences of words that may contain mixed case, numbers and punctuation. They’re longer than passwords, but easier to remember because you can associate them with a situation that’s familiar to you, e.g., NeverWenttoBali! or BeentoGreece.2004 (it would take, respectively, 131 billion years and 220 trillion years for hackers to guess those passphrases).
Phishing is a practice used by cybercriminals to trick Internet users into revealing confidential information. There are three methods: mass-scale phishing (wide net of attacks), spearphishing (specific victim or group) and whaling (a big victim within a company, generally an executive). Hackers want you to click a link or open an email attachment that will give them access to your computer and, consequently, the ability to steal information from you or the organization whose network you’re using. To look above suspicion, those emails generally bring details about the company (data found online) and the sense of urgency. They try to convince you to take action immediately. To identify a phishing email, look for:
ATTENTION: if you receive a phishing email in your College email address, don’t click any links or open any attachments. Instead, send a copy to the CEIT Help Desk to report the phishing attempt.
Spam is the practice of sending unsolicited email to a large number of recipients who never provided their email addresses to the sender. Some spammers (people who send spam) make the “From” field in the email look like it came from your email address, so they get past spam filters. They want you to click a link to try to sell you products. Spammers often get paid by the company selling those products based on the number of people clicking the link, and based on email accounts verified as active. Never reply, otherwise you’ll confirm that your account is active. The best attitude is to delete any spam.
Questions? Contact the CEIT Help Desk.
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