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The Basics on Cyber Security

This blog entry expired August 6, 2017. It may contain out-of-date information.

Today, phrases such as “data breach” and “cyber criminals” are becoming increasingly common. Much of our world operates using technology, which creates new ways for criminals to operate. From email accounts to wireless network connections, to using credit cards to make purchases, there are many situations in which information can be compromised.

Practicing good cyber security habits help keep people safe and secure when browsing the web. What exactly is cyber security? Cyber security is protecting yourself and others from attacks that are carried out primarily through computers and mobile devices. Some examples of good cyber security habits are:

  • Using strong passwords
  • Updating software regularly
  • Avoiding clicking links or downloading attachments within suspicious emails 
  • Never sharing personal information 

No matter how many security measures one takes, every computer and system has vulnerabilities because nothing is ever perfectly secure. The more secure one is, however, the less opportunities a hacker has to obtain information or compromise a system. Being aware of the dangers associated with the Internet will help keep people safe and prepared should something actually happen. The bottom line is, there is always a risk that a system, computer or device could get hacked (compromised), but following safe cyber practices will help keep your information secure on the web. For additional safe cyber practices or more information on how to better protect yourself on the web, visit the Stay Cyber Safe page on the IT website.