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Protect Yourself Online

Be Aware of Phishing

Report and delete emails phishing for account numbers, NetIDs, and passwords to protect against identity theft.

MSU or other reputable organizations will NEVER send emails requesting your NetID/account and password combination.


If you think you've compromised your MSU NetID, immediately change your password at Call IT Services Support at (517) 432-6200 if you need additional assistance.

Learn more about phishing.

Use Strong Passwords

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


Make sure to password protect mobile devices, computer, routers and network connections. Don't share your passwords with anyone, including your parents or roommates.

Learn more about strong passwords.

Know about Copyright and Illegal File Sharing Risks

Don't share copyrighted files you don't own the copyright or license to do so (like music and movies) to protect against file sharing risks.


Uninstall file sharing programs, which could lead to inadvertent file sharing and viruses.

Learn more about file sharing and copyright, as well as legal alternatives.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Month


  • Keep a Clean Machine: Update software, browsers and operating systems and scan all plug and play devices.
  • Protect Personal Information: Don't share passwords and use different passwords for different accounts.
  • Connect with Care: When in doubt, throw it out. Don't click on suspicious links or emails.
  • Be Web Wise: Don't respond to communications imploring you to act immediately or asking you to provide login and password information.