Loyola University Maryland

Technology Services

Protecting Yourself Online

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Ten things you can do to protect yourself online:

  1. Learn to recognize phishing attacks
  2. Use strong passwords, and different passwords for different accounts. 
  3. Choose security questions for resetting passwords that are not guessable based on public information or social media. 
  4. Protect your email account. It’s not just personal information; it’s the back door into all your other accounts through password resets. 
  5. Set a passcode on your phone. It likely has sensitive data on it, including your contacts’ information and access to your email and social media accounts. 
  6. Be selective with what you share on social media, and talk to your friends about what they share. 
  7. Backup your data. Hard drives fail and computers and phones get lost and stolen. It is unlikely you will avoid this at some point. 
  8. Use two-factor authentication where it’s available, especially on email and banking sites. 
  9. Practice safe computing. Make sure that your operating system and software (including anti- virus) is set to auto-update, and do not leave your computer logged in where it is accessible by others. 
  10. Detect fraud. Regularly monitor your financial accounts and credit reports.