5 Ways to Protect Yourself Online
Protecting yourself while being online is crucial to staying safe and avoiding malicious attacks. Check out our tips below to minimize your risk online.

1. Use Updated Antivirus Software

Antivirus/anti-malware software routinely scans your device for indications of known computer viruses and malware. While these programs cannot prevent everything from affecting your computer, installing a reliable antivirus software package and keeping its definitions up-to-date can save you from potential headaches that come with being infected.

Find out more about Antivirus @ http://it.rmu.edu/security/antivirus

2. Use an Updated Operating System

Ensure the Automatic Updates and the Firewall are ON for your operating system. Make sure to also keep applications such as flash, java, chrome etc. up to date as well.

3. Know The Source

Whether you’re surfing the Internet, checking your email, responding to IM or file sharing– Don’t click on anything unless you asked someone to send it to you. Links, attachments, and files can contain malicious code, and clicking on them gives way for that code to execute. When in doubt, go directly to the source! Never follow an email link to a banking, credit card, or merchant site. Always type the known address into your browser.

4. Use Secure Passcodes

Whether it is a passcode to your device, email, social media platform or bank account, keep it secure by making it at least 8 characters in length (12 or more is preferred), using a combination of characters (numbers, upper and lowercase letters and symbols) and avoiding using common words (names, places, dictionary words). RMU provides guidance and tips on passwords through the LevelUp program.

Find out more about LevelUp @ http://rmu.edu/levelup

5. Don't share illegal files

Uploading and downloading music, movie, and software files that are copyright protected is illegal without proper licensing. Also, the P2P networks that are used to trade files are becoming the preferred method to spread malware & viruses.