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Cybersecurity Month 2022

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a nationwide campaign which provides us an opportunity to increase the focus on understanding Internet security and to raise awareness of the resources available to stay safe online.

Join us throughout October as we share the superpowers you need to protect yourself and your data!

REMEMBER ~ Whenever in doubt about a suspicious text, email, or call, contact our Information Security team at infosec@wfu.edu.


Here’s a look at the great giveaways we will be handing out on Tuesday, October 18 outside the Pit! Visit our tent, grab some swag and information.

Calendar of events

Week of October 3 – Backup Your Devices

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Why Should I Backup My Data?

Your data is the most important thing on your computer and, unfortunately, damage can occur and computers can fail or be stolen. Google Drive for Desktop allows you to sync files between your computer and the cloud, and to upload files to Google Drive and Google Photos from external devices. Your files are available anytime, anywhere, for internal and external collaboration, and while working remotely or traveling with Google Drive for Desktop.

Take Action!

Week of October 10 – Update Your Devices

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Why Should I Install Updates?

Software updates perform a number of important tasks. They are available for both our operating system and individual software programs. Regularly checking for and performing these updates will deliver a multitude of revisions to your computer, tablet, or mobile device, such as adding new features, removing outdated features, updating drivers, delivering bug fixes, and most importantly, fixing security vulnerabilities. Even though these software updates seem like a hassle, think of it as a preventative measure for your Internet safety. Next time that message comes up to update, resist procrastination and hit the “Install Now” button.

Take Action!

  • Watch our short video to see how to check for and apply updates to your devices.
  • Take the KnowBe4 Home Course – Learn how to make wise decisions when it comes to Internet usage. Each interactive module is built upon a scenario and is intended to be educational but also fun! Click here to get the password.

Week of October 17 – Defend Your Devices

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Why Should I Guard my Weaknesses?

Not having antivirus on a computer is like inviting a criminal into your home to cause mayhem and steal your personal resources. In the event a malicious email or text is mistaken as legitimate, having an antivirus installed on your devices is your first line of defense. One of the most common reasons for computer problems is that antivirus software is not installed, not current, or not running. Viruses can be spread between computers via portable devices, downloads, and email attachments. 

Take Action!

Week of October 24 – Protect Yourself

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Why Should I Protect My Identity?

Every day, thousands of people fall for phishing scams and share their personal information, aimed at stealing your money and/or your identity. Mobile users are particularly susceptible to phishing scams and often overlook some of the warning signs. When you’re contacted via email, text, or phone, watch for these phishing warning signs.

  • Non-personalized greeting – Phishing messages usually do not address you by name, but use a generic greeting, such as “Dear User.”
  • Urgent/Threatening language Phrases such as “Your account will be terminated if you do not…” are often used to elicit a response.
  • URLs don’t match and are not secure – If an email has a link, be cautious. Check the link destination. Look for the lock and never log into a website that’s not secure.
  • Poor grammar/misspellings – Most phishing attacks originate from countries where English is not their first language. Use this to your advantage by spotting grammatical errors.
  • Request for personal information – The tell-tale sign of a phishing message is the request for personal information, such as your address, social security number, account number, etc.

Take Action

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