Tip 1. Guard Against Physical Access
- One of the key problems students have is the lack of privacy and personal space that is available to them when in the classroom, library and common areas and this can make them vulnerable. One thing they can use is a lockbox to store devices in, buy a USB port to make it harder for someone to install malware, and set a password-protected screen on every device you own.
Tip 2. Register for a Password Manager
- Password theft will continue to be a huge problem among college campuses and everywhere else. The tool of a password manager makes it extremely easy to create longer and more complex passwords for all online accounts without having the trouble of having to remember them.
Tip 3. Backup Data
- It is extremely important to save data like final papers and report. Especially with the growing risk of ransomware infections that can be extremely hard to remove without losing data. The best thing to do is to use both a physical storage drive and a cloud-based account to make sure those important documents are safe.
Tip 4. Don’t Jailbreak/Root
- Jail breaking your phone may seem like a good idea at the time because it gives you more functionality but overriding your device’s security settings can lead to a much higher risk of getting malware and malicious apps. You may be tempted, but just don’t jail break.
Tip 5. Be Careful When Buying Used
- Students are always on a budget and sometimes resort to buying used device. If you go this route, it is extremely important that it is done safely. Stick with the websites that you are familiar with and can trust like Newegg, TigerDirect, or Amazon. Don’t just buy any device from a stranger from a site like Craigslist or eBay. Once you get the device, make sure you wipe the device out first and start fresh with factory settings.
Tip 6. Be a Smart Network User
- Being a smart network user is important. Remember, you should not access financial information over unsecured public Wi-Fi networks. Use a more secure cellular signal to surf the Web when searching or using applications that access your sensitive data
Tip 7. Malware Protection
- Make sure to have an antivirus installed on all your devices. You can set it up that it runs automatically and runs a virus scan at least once a week. Always keep everything updated including software and apps. And if students want to take an additional step add script-blocking browser plugins which can be very effective.
- Now, there you have it, the top 7 things every college student should take when being aware of cybersecurity. Keep those devices clean and safe while using these steps.