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Defend Your Data: If you connect, you must protect

ITS wants you to stay protected by following these tips while connected to the internet:

  • Enable multi-factor authentication for your personal accounts and devices. Find services at https://twofactorauth.org/.
  • Don’t fall for phishing. If you don’t know the sender, or it’s an email from someone you typically don’t interact with, do not respond, do not click on any links and do not open attachments. Forward suspicious emails as attachments to DefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu.
  • Never reveal personally identifiable information like Social Security number, date of birth or financial account numbers.
  • Check for https:// and the green lock in your browser to signify you’re on a secure connection, especially for financial transactions.
  • Keep device operating systems, anti-virus protection, web browsers and software up to date. ITS provides free anti-virus software at https://freeav.wvu.edu.
  • Limit use of public Wi-Fi networks, especially for key accounts like email and financial services. Consider using a personal/mobile hotspot instead.

If you think you are a victim of identity theft, immediately notify and file a complaint with authorities at https://identitytheft.gov.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and ITS wants to help you Defend Your Data. Learn how to develop good cybersecurity habits and stay protected online by visiting https://staysafeonline.org.

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