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You can never be too careful when it comes to online safety. I literally wrote a blog on it (http://blogs.usfca.edu/its/2012/10/22/a-cautionary-fairytale/), but my email was still hacked and a nightmare slew of emails were sent out to everyone in my contacts list. Luckily, the email only contained a link to an advertisement website (that did not appear to contain malware) and so it wasn’t as terrible as it could be. Although, it definitely wasn’t the highpoint of my day.

But alas, I did everything online safety related that I could think of, but wanted a vector check. So, I decided to talk to Nick Recchia, the ITS Security Administrator, and he gave me some pointers that I’d like to share with you to further protect yourself from such a mishap:

  1. If you’re using a shared computer (such as a library computer), be sure that you sign out of EVERYTHING. Especially your computer profile.

  2. Use a strong password and be sure to change it every 90 days.

  3. If you’re in a public place, make sure that nobody is peeking over your shoulder before you type sensitive information.

  4. Use extra online safety hoops that you have to jump through when available. Both Yahoo and Facebook  have a feature that text your cellphone a code every time someone signs into your account off of a new computer. It’s not exactly fun to wait for the texts, but it’s worth it.

So what if you follow all of these cyber safety news, but your account is still hacked?

  1. Change the password of the affected account from a unit you know is clean.

  2. Make sure your computer is up to date.

  3. Install and run antivirus and anti-malware software.

  4. If you have questions or concerns, come to the ITS Help Desk and they can walk you through the process.

Please, please, please take extra precautions, because you can never be too safe!

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