National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Help Us Keep Rowan University Safe

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an opportune time for every member of the Rowan University community to take stock of their online behavior and learn a few tips to stay safe in an increasingly connected world.

Cyber security is everyone's responsibility. Use these tips to protect yourself online.

lock down your login

Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Strengthen online accounts and use strong authentication tools — like biometrics, security keys or a unique, one-time code through an app on your mobile device — whenever offered.

At Rowan, we offer two-factor authentication through Duo to help you protect your Rowan Network account.


keep a clean machine

Regularly restart your computer and keep all software and third-party applications on internet-connected devices — including personal computers, smartphones and tablets — current to reduce risk of infection from ransomware and malware. Here's what you should look out for when an update is pending on your Rowan-managed computer


when in doubt, throw it out

Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to compromise your information. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it's best to delete or, if appropriate, mark it as junk. 


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Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. If you have a copy of your data and your device falls victim to ransomware or other cyber threats, you will be able to restore the data from a backup. 

Every member of Rowan University is provided with unlimited storage on Google Drive, a powerful tool for collaboration among classmates and colleagues that can be accessed on any device. 


own your online presence

Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It is OK to limit how and with whom you share information. 


share with care

Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it might affect you or others.


value personal information

Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value — just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it is collected by apps, websites and all connected devices.