How to Protect Yourself?
Security is one of those things that we all hear about and think it is a good thing, but then we tend to let someone else worry about it. Although FAU has taken many steps to make its data and network secure, you need to be aware that what you do online can put you, or at least your computer, at risk. A little bit of forethought on your part can go a very long way in ensuring your security is not compromised.
Note: FAU will never send you an email asking you to verify personal information with your password or Social Security Number. Nor will they ask you to reset your account via e-mail link.
Phishing is the act of disguising as a trustworthy entity (such as an administrative figure from a school, financial institution, etc.) to gather information that could be used to compromise one's identity, school credentials, and/or banking information. One of the most common phishing processes is through e-mail.
You may receive e-mails from FAU and other credible institutions on a daily basis, but you should always question every e-mail's legitimacy before clicking on any links or attachments. It is best practice to delete an unsolicited e-mail if you are unsure of its validity.
If the e-mail is especially concerning and you need to know if it is an attempted phishing attempt, you can forward the e-mail in question to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you in making this decision. In the event that you accidentally click on any links or attachments in a phishing e-mail, it is best to, at the very least, change your FAU password (as well as any other sensitive accounts that use this same password).
Did you know that Internet usage on mobile devices has surpassed the usage on desktops? It's true, and now it is more important than ever to take precautions against threats on our mobile phones and tablets. Here are a few things you can do to better protect yourself while using your portable devices:
- Set up a passcode/password on the device (touch authentication and/or two-factor should be set up as an added layer of security)
- Make sure you keep up with software updates within your settings and keep up with application updates within your app store.
- Not all apps in the Apple App Store/Google Play Store are safe. Check reviews and do your research to verify the legitimacy of an application.
- Delete applications that you no longer use. Old applications could provide a backdoor to your device.
- Do not access sensitive information such as banking details and emails on public WiFi hotspots.
- Disable WiFi, Bluetooth, and location services when not in use.