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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

CSUN Tips for Cybersecurity Month

Week 1 - STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™: Simple Steps to Online Safety  

Staying safe and secure online is our shared responsibility. Here is easy-to-follow, actionable advice for everyone. STOP: make sure security measures are in place. THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online. CONNECT: and enjoy the internet. 

Internet users should practice good cybersecurity habits. Here are some tips for safe Internet browsing:

  • Make  your password a sentenceA strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, “I love to eat ice cream in the rain.”). 
  • Unique account, unique password: Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals. At a minimum, separate your CSUN and personal accounts and make sure that your critical accounts have the strongest passwords. 
  •  Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. You can use a service like a password manager to keep track of your passwords.
  • When in doubt, throw email out: Links in emails, social media posts and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.
  • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine. Use eduroam on the CSUN network.
  • Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information. 
  • Back it up: Protect your valuable work by making an electronic copy in myCSUNBox.
  • Report any incidents: Report any information security incidents or potential incidents to the CSUN Information Security Office (iso@csun.edu)
  • Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.: Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected.
  • Share with careSet the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing. Limit how and with whom you share information.  
  • Post with caution: Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.

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Need Help with Information Security?

Contact the Office of Information Security at (818) 677-6100. To report incidents of abuse, send an email to abuse@csun.edu or: