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Learn about MSU resources during National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 01, 2012 - Beth Bonsall

Today is the start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month driven by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to educate and empower safe and secure use of the Internet at home, work, and school.

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Michigan State University also encourages the MSU community to practice safe computing habits and keep their personal information private through its SecureIT campaign sponsored by Libraries and IT Services.

Keep your computer and information safe

1.  Make sure your personal firewall is turned on.

  • Learn more about how to configure Windows and MacOS X firewalls through online IT Services Support Desk articles.
  • MSU Computer Help and Repair, in room 120 of the Computer Center building, can also check to make sure your firewall is set up properly.

2.  Perform regular operating system updates and software updates. These updates often include security patches.

  • Learn more about enabling Windows and MacOS X system updates through online IT Services Support Desk articles.
  • MSU Computer Help and Repair, in room 120 of the Computer Center building, can also enable your operating system and software updates.

3.  Install antivirus and antispyware software and schedule automatic updates and scans of your computer.

  • Learn more about recommended downloads and patches through online IT Services Support Desk articles.
  • Antivirus and antispyware software can be purchased at the MSU Computer Store, in room 110 of the Computer Center building, at an educational discount.

4.  Upgrade to the latest version of your browser and take advantage of the security features available.

5.  Report and delete e-mails phishing for account numbers, NetIDs, and passwords to protect you against identity theft.

  • If you have compromised your MSU NetID, immediately change your password at netid.msu.edu.
  • Call the IT Services Support Desk at (517) 432-6200 if you need additional assistance.

6.  Create a strong password using eight characters or more and containing uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

  • Make sure to enable password protection on wireless routers to protect Internet connections.
  • Don’t share your passwords with anyone, including roommates or parents.

7.  Don’t share copyrighted files, like music and movies, to protect against file sharing risks and viruses.

  • Uninstall file sharing programs, which can have a number of risks including inadvertent file sharing and viruses.

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