Protecting your work devices is essential whether you are working on campus or remotely.

One of the easiest ways to keep your device and information secure is to keep your software and apps updated and to use a safe network. Avoiding these steps can present an open invitation to cybercriminals, as they exploit vulnerabilities to gain access to your data.

Follow these five key steps to enhance your cybersecurity:

1) Update often.

Keep your software updated when updates become available and don’t delay. These updates fix bugs and provide crucial security patches, staying ahead of potential threats.

2) Get it from the source.

Only download software updates from the company that created it. Never use hacked, pirated, or unlicensed versions that may contain malware.

3) Make it automatic.

Many legitimate companies offer automatic updates, making the process seamless. If not available, set reminders to check for updates regularly.

4) Watch for fakes.

Stay cautious when encountering pop-ups requesting downloads or personal information. These are often scams and should be avoided. A browser will only warn you not to move forward or stay on a specific web address because it might not be secured, or it could contain malware.

5) Use a VPN.

When accessing University materials make sure you have access to a secure network. Use a VPN when you are working on an unknown network such as a hotel or coffee shop wireless network.

Learn more by reviewing our Computer and Mobile Device Security tips.