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Boise State Cybersecurity Department

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Digital Spring Cleaning

With our record winter finally settling down the first inklings of spring are right around the corner. We are a few months into 2017 which means it’s just about time to start spring cleaning. It is important to clean out, not only the physical dust bunnies that have been hiding under the couch, but the digital ones in our lives as well. Follow the steps below to ensure you have no issues with things that are out of date.

Week 1: Keep Clean Machines

GET STARTED BY MAKING SURE THAT ALL WEB-CONNECTED DEVICES ARE SQUEAKY CLEAN.

  • Update software on all Internet-connected devices to reduce risks from malware and infections.
  • Clean up your mobile life by deleting unused apps, keeping others current and reviewing app permissions.

Week 2: Make Sure You’re Secure

ENHANCING THE SECURITY OF YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS IS A MUST AND FAST, SIMPLE WAY TO BE SAFER ONLINE.

  • Turn on two-factor authentication on critical accounts like email, banking, and social media. Learn more by visiting stopthinkconnect.org/2stepsahead.
  • Secure your router by making sure it has a strong password and does not broadcast who you are through its name, such as “the Jones Family” or “123 Elm Street”.
  • Make better passwords by combining upper and lower case letters with numbers and symbols.
  • Make unique passwords for important accounts like email, finance, and healthcare.
  • Write down your new passwords and store them in a safe place away from your computer.
  • Check to ensure all devices are password, pass-code, or fingerprint protected.

Week 3: Digital File Purge And Protection

TEND TO YOUR DIGITAL RECORDS JUST AS YOU DO FOR PAPER FILES. BE SURE TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF SENSITIVE MATERIALS-SUCH AS HARD DRIVES, DISKS, AND MEMORY CARDS -AT A COMMUNITY SHREDDING EVENT. CHECK BBB.ORG/SECURE-YOUR-ID-DAY TO SEE IF THERE IS A BBB “SECURE YOUR ID DAY” EVENT IN YOUR AREA.

  • Clean out your old email and empty deleted folders. if you need to keep old messages , more them to an archive.
  • Delete or archive older files and outdated financial statements.
  • Unsubscribe to newsletters, email alerts and updates you no longer read.
  • Update your online photo album by deleting or backing up old or less flattering photos.
  • Update online relationships by reviewing friends on social networks and all contacts lists to make sure everyone still belongs.
  • Copy important data to a secure cloud site or other drive where it can be safely stored.
  • Password protect back -up drives and keep them in a different location off the network.
  • Permanently delete all old files.

Week 4: Clean Up Your Online Reputation

PARENTS AND OLDER KIDS WITH SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS CAN TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN MAKING SURE THEIR ONLINE REPUTATIONS SHINE.

  • Own your online presence by reviewing the privacy and security settings on websites you use to be sure they are set at your comfort leveling for sharing.
  • Clean up your social media presence by deleting old photos, etc. that are embarrassing or no longer represent who you are.
  • Update your “online self” by reviewing your personal information and updating it where needed.

Information Provided via Stop.Think.Connect

 

Our Mission

The department of Cybersecurity is tasked with managing cyber risks, vulnerabilities and incidents in collaboration with OIT and campus IT resources as well as facilitating campus community Cybersecurity education and awareness.

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