These 5 steps, developed by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, are simple and highly effective at defending against the most common attacks:
- Practice good password etiquette. Use multi-factor authentication (currently available for administrative and support staff only) for an added layer of security.
- Accept updates to your mobile devices, computers, and applications. Choose to automatically update if you often delay updating to ensure you are protected against the latest threats. Restart your computer on a regular basis to ensure updates are properly installed.
- Secure your social media and email accounts. Be vigilant about protecting your identity and privacy online.
- Be on guard for phishing (and spear-phishing) messages. Never click on links or open attachments from unknown senders, better yet, delete the email.
- Store your data securely and know your back-up procedures.
To learn more about how to protect yourself and the University against cyberattacks, complete or revisit the mandatory Digital self-defence training. Take control of your online safety today!