Before You Connect

Before You Connect Before You Connect

Connecting to the Internet has expanded to every aspect of our lives—like collaborating within a business or communicating with friends and family. The Internet has even made it possible to work remotely, as more and more applications and software needed for work are made available and easily accessible online.

Working remotely has grown in popularity over the past few years. However, since working remotely can mean working away from the University network, it comes with its own set of security risks. How can you make sure that you are connecting to the University securely?

Follow the tips below when working remotely:

  • Use a safe and trusted network. Do not use Wi-Fi offered in public places—such as local restaurants and coffee shops—to access University resources or any site that handles sensitive data. Public networks are rarely encrypted, which could potentially allow your data to be readable by cyber criminals. This can reveal which websites are visited, usernames and passwords entered, and videos streamed using these networks. Only connect to networks that you trust, such as your secure home network.
  • Update the software on your devices routinely. Software developers frequently publish updates that fix bugs and address security vulnerabilities in the software. Some applications, like your operating system, allow you to enable an auto-update feature.
  • Ensure that you have antivirus installed and it is up-to-date. Antiviruses protect your device from malicious software that can infect your device.
  • Use strong and varied passwords for all your devices and logins. Add complex characters, upper and lower case letters, and increase the length of your passwords.
  • Store your work files on University cloud storage solutions, instead of storing University data on your personal device. This allows for safe data storage and secure collaboration.
  • Never leave your device unattended. Shut down your computer or lock your screen whenever you leave it for any length of time.
  • Use multi-factor authentication wherever possible. This adds layered security to your accounts. A criminal cannot log into your bank account without having your username and password and also accepting a push on your mobile device.

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