By Hannah Alvarado
Web Content Contributor
From the worthiness of Breast Cancer supporting, to the spooky nature of all things Halloween, October is a month that stands as a month that advocates many things. Even though a good portion of the month relies on scaring you, one thing scary that can terrifying the average college student is the idea of Cybersecurity. Which is just one more thing to add to October’s list, as October also stands as the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
According to our nation’s Department of Homeland Security’s webpage, 2018 marks as the “15th annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.” The PSA stands as “a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online, while increasing the resiliency of the Nation during cyber-threats.” The month contains five different themes, according to CIS, the Center for Internet Security that relate to cybersecurity awareness. “Week one is simple steps for online safety, week two is cyber from the breakroom to the boardroom, week three is recognizing and combating online crime, four deals with our connectivity to the web and five talks about building resilience in critical systems.”
Some may be thinking, ‘I don’t have anything on my device worth stealing, so it doesn’t matter!’ That would be a very wrong thing to believe. Simple things, like your address or your full name can allow anyone who may be looking a gateway to steal your identity. Which, regardless of your possibly empty bank account, or non-existent credit card, wrack up a whole lot more debt for you than just your student loans.
How then, do normal people take steps to protect themselves? According to Cornell University, there are a few easy things you can do to ensure your safety. Secure your Wi-Fi network with a strong password, enable stronger authentication, stay updated on software, know your apps and what data they may keep or share with third parties, and lastly consider what you share and with who. These among many others, like covering your webcam or iPhone camera with a lens cover when not in use, are simple steps to take that can keep you safe this and every October. Cybersecurity is no joke, and is much scarier than anything on TV this month.
Featured image by Hannah Alvarado.