‘Tis the Season. . . A Reminder to Practice Safe Computing Around the Holidays

cyber shopping The holiday shopping season is a prime time for identity theft and online criminal activity, so the TTU IT Division recommends that you be vigilant and practice safe computing during this festive season:

  • Avoid phishing schemes by being careful about clicking the links in emails, including holiday savings advertisements unless you are sure they are from a reputable retailer;
  • Beware of fake charities that use current national or world events to prey on the unsuspecting;
  • Keep your mobile devices close to you and don’t leave them unattended, and be sure to password-protect your device, keeping it locked when not in use. A stolen smart phone may provide a criminal access to your credit card and bank account information, and to other online accounts and apps;
  • Don’t install apps unless they are provided by a recognized and reputable app store;
  • Beware of eCards and other attachments in email. Opening an unexpected attachment can infect your devices;
  • Avoid public WiFi for conducting personal business on your mobile device. Public WiFi access is not secure and hackers can see what you are doing online, including your usernames and passwords;
  • Keep your operating systems and apps updated;
  • Install security software on your home and mobile devices whenever possible;
  • Don’t post your holiday trip pictures to social media while away from home. This lets potential criminals know that your home is unoccupied;
  • Monitor your bank and credit card statements carefully for unknown charges that might be the result of internet criminals; and,
  • To prevent criminals from accessing your home systems such as home wireless, surveillance cameras, and security systems, change the default password on these systems.

For more safe computing information, please visit http://safecomputing.ttu.edu or contact IT Help Central at (806)742-4357 (HELP) or ithelpcentral@ttu.edu.

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