Clean up your account passwords
- Make sure all your passwords are unique across your accounts.
- Make sure all your passwords are complex.
- Long memorable phrases or song lyrics with number and special characters are good suggestions.
- Never share your passwords with others, SU staff will never ask for or need your password to assist you.
Bonus: Setup a password manager to keep track of and monitor your passwords.
A good password manager will:
- Suggest strong passwords.
- Alert you to passwords that have appeared in data leaks.
- Flag passwords used across accounts.
Password Manager Options:
Enable Multi-Factor Authentication(MFA)
- MFA adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring a second form of verification, such as a code or log-in approval request sent to your mobile device or email, in addition to your password.
- Microsoft Authenticator is the MFA solution used at SU, for more information click here: MFA at SU.
- Never share your MFA codes with others, SU staff will never ask for or need your MFA code to assist you.
Keep software and apps updated
- Many updates include security patches that address vulnerabilities, running outdated software/apps may leave your systems open to outsiders.
Bonus: Turn on auto updates on all of your devices.
Learn how to spot phishing emails and how to report them
- Phishing emails are a common tactic used by cybercriminals to steal sensitive information.
- Be wary of unexpected emails, especially if they ask for personal information, create a sense of urgency, or contain suspicious links/attachments.
- Verify the sender's email address and avoid clicking on links unless you are certain they are from a trusted source.
- For more information on spotting phishing emails click here: Phishing Information.
- Report suspected emails by forwarding them to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or by using the Report Phishing option within Outlook. Reporting emails protect you and the greater SU community.
Cybersecurity is contagious
- Talk to others about the tips outlined here, you may be able to help each other take these security precautions.
- The more people that take these precautions, the safer out community will be.
Bonus: Take the lead in your office by sharing these tips and being the go-to person to review them with others.
Additional Security Topics and Information