Awareness Education

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

This year we are focusing on how to not fall prey to phishing attempts. Come see us in the SHSU mall area at the IT@Sam booth to speak with us about cyber security and what you can do to protect yourself online.

2017 Schedule of Events

  • October 10: 9 am - 1 pm 
  • October 17: 9 am - 1 pm
  • October 24: 9 am - 1 pm

Don't forget to follow us on social media for additional tips throughout the month.

Avoid Phishing. Don't Take the Bait!
  • Never give out your password. IT@Sam will never ask you for your password.
  • Double check the web address of any link before you click on it.
  • Inspect the from address. Some fake/malicious addresses can be very convincing.
  • Be wary of messages that sound too good to be true, or that have a sense of urgency about them.
  • Do not open attachments or click on links in communications that are unexpected.
Stop Identity Theft
  • Use two-factor authentication on all sites that allow for it.
  • Use a password manager to help keep your passwords in order.
  • Use a strong and unique password for each of your online accounts.
  • Be mindful of what you post to social media.
  • Always contact credit card companies via the information on the back of the card instead of numbers or links provided in emails.
  • Never type your password into an unsecure website (look for the lock icon or for HTTPS at the beginning of the web address). If it is HTTP, then it is not secure!
Keep Calm and Clean Your Tech Devices

Your computer may be infected if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Keep your OS and software up to date with vendor supplied patches.
  • Be sure your firewall is enabled.
  • Run anti-malware software.
  • Be wary of installing applications directly from the Internet.
  • Backup your important files regularly.