4 ways to secure your online life

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an annual campaign that focuses on ways to stay safe online. Here are four easy steps you can take today to secure yourself when you connect:

  1. Create strong passwords. Passwords are your first line of defense in protecting your data. By creating strong passwords for each of your accounts, you make it harder for someone who isn't you to access your accounts.
  2. Enable two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts. At Rowan University, we use Duo two-factor authentication to protect your Rowan NetID
  3. Update your software. Regularly restart your computer and keep all software and third-party applications up to date to reduce risk of infection from ransomware and malware. Here’s how to check for updates on Rowan-managed computers
  4. Recognize and report phishing. Use our tips for spotting phishing scams to help protect yourself. If you receive a suspicious email, check our list of known scams to see if it's one we've identified and blocked. If not, report the scam to support@rowan.edu.  

We will be sharing more cyber security tips throughout the month on our website and social media accounts. Make sure to visit go.rowan.edu/ncsam and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility, and we look forward to helping you learn how to stay safe online!