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SAFEGUARDING YOUR SECURITY AND PRIVACY AT WORK AND AT HOME NEWSLETTER SPRING 2017 SPRING 2017 SECURITY SMART 1 Look for the green padlock. When you're on the internet, the web traffic between your device and the in- formation you're trying to retrieve may be viewed at any number of points. Look in your web browser's address bar for HTTPS and the green padlock icon. They indicate that all your web traffic is encrypted on your device as it passes over Wi-Fi, via the ISP, through the internet (and various countries) and then finally arrives unencrypted on the server of the resource you are accessing. Borrow a page from the grammar police. When you spot grammatical blunders in an email or text message, don't click on a link or open any attachments in it. Poor grammar, off-looking branding, and a sense of urgency are hallmarks of a phishing message. When you see these, or you just get a "phishy" vibe, delete. If you think the message might be OK, don't reply to it, but do call the entity that purportedly sent it to con- firm that it's legit. If you like it, lock it. Mobile devices contain details of our entire world—where we've been, who we've called, images of loved ones— and they're often where we receive password-reset text messages. At the very least, lock your device with a PIN. For more security and ease of use, opt for biometric authentication (such as a fingerprint). Get good, and good at, passwords. This security chestnut bears repeating: Use strong, random (not guessable) and unique passwords. Not just for websites, but also for those everyday gadgets that are now connected to the internet. We've all heard of baby-monitor cam- 'Cause We Are Living in a Digital World eras being hacked—that's the kind of thing that can occur when consumers don't change manufacturer-set pass- words. Proactively set secure passwords on day one. If you find it hard to keep track of multiple passwords, ask your employer's IT department to recom- mend a password manager that will generate random, secure passwords and encrypt and remember them for you. Accept? Maybe not. Next time you download a mobile app, watch out for excessive requests for app permissions. Does that QR reader, for example, really need access to your cal- endar and contacts? If not, don't install it. And always use official app stores, like Google Play or Apple App Store, to ensure the app has met rigorous soft- ware quality controls. Maintenance required! Without software maintenance, you may be exposing yourself to major security vulnerabilities the manufacturer has now patched. With mobile devices, and many PCs, you can set and forget au- tomatic updates to your applications. With any in-home connected devices, read the user manual to learn how to check for updates. THE MORE DEVICES, APPS AND ONLINE SERVICES you use on a daily basis, the more you expose yourself to security risks. That's why every time you go online, whether you're checking work or personal email, buying shoes, posting to Facebook, paying bills or streaming The Walking Dead, you should keep in mind these tips: For more information on staying safe online here at BSU or at home, contact security@bridgew.edu.

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