Tech Corner: October is Cybersecurity Month!

Stephanie Edwards, Manager of Web Strategy and IT Communications

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and UCO’s Office of Information Technology wants you to stay cyber aware.  

With the 2020 theme, “Do Your Part, #BeCyberSmart” Cybersecurity Month encourages everyone to do their part in protecting cyberspace. “If you connect it, protect it” is the key message this year to help make our interconnected, cyber world safer for everyone. Learn more at StaySafeOnline.org.

Here are a few #BeCyberSmart tips brought to you by Jeff Miller, UCO’s Director for Information Security.

  • P@s$w0rds_d0n’t_hav3_2_b_th!s_Complic@teD! Seriously, who can remember that? Make your password a passphrase. Remember: length trumps complexity when creating a strong passphrase! 
  • Keeping Tabs on Your Apps: 1) Delete apps you don’t need or no longer use. 2) Review app permissions. Limit how much data you share with the app.  3) Only download apps from trusted sources.
  • Tips for Spotting a Phish: 1) They offer financial reward, threaten you or claim to need help. 2) They ask for your personal info. 3) They want you to download a file or click on a link.

Don’t forget to register for and attend the annually-required cybersecurity training. In training, you’ll learn more about phishing emails, malware, password management, file storage and more. You can take the training online through the Learning Center or register to attend a live, virtual session.

For more information or if you need assistance, you can contact the UCO Service Desk at 405-974-2255 or by email to support@uco.edu and online at support.uco.edu.