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Protect Yourself and Others - Cybersecurity 101
This page details several beginner tips to secure your devices and protect your online presence.
- Use a passphrase longer than 14 characters in length and avoid reusing passphrases.
- Even a 12-character password takes 62 trillion times longer to crack than a six-character password.
- If you suspect your account has been compromised, check your account and password for possible breaches:
- Go to https://haveibeenpwned.com and check your account and passphrase.
- NDSU staff will Never ask you for your password.
- Read your MFA Prompts before approving a push.
- If you did not initiate a request, Do Not Approve a push and immediately contact NDSU IT.
- NDSU staff will Never ask you to approve a multi-factor authentication push via phone or email.
- Keep your devices up to date with the most recent system and security updates
- This includes installing Windows, macOS, or Linux updates when available.
- Keep your Antivirus active and up to date.
- Third party software like Adobe should also be kept up to date to avoid security vulnerabilities.
- NDSU IT recommends users run their computer as a Standard User and not as an Administrator
- Windows will automatically set up a new user as an Administrator, but this allows all software run on the system to be run as an Administrator.
- If a malicious program or attackers are able to get control of a user's account, they can do more damage with an Administrator account than with a Standard User account.
- Read all emails skeptically. Phishing scams often rely on a recipient's desire to help, or fear of implied or explicitly stated consequences.
- If you believe an email is a phishing attempt, forward the attempt to email@example.com