Remote learning and work has increased the number of people using computers at home to do everything from viewing pirated videos, to gaming, and accessing their university accounts.
Cybersafety is often about what you know and what you do before a breach, so we’re sharing a few basics to take charge of your cybersafety wherever you are.
Attackers will target university accounts
In an August 2021 security test, we discovered that approximately 2,000 TMU usernames and passwords had been stolen from compromised computers and were for sale on the dark web. Attackers who steal passwords also look for banking and other information when they infect your computer.
Cover your bases
Here are a few ways to introduce foundational habits for increasing your cybersafety:
Be in control of your security status
Now is the time to proactively check the security status of your email and phone number.
Just for students: But why two-factor authentication?
When it feels like a hassle to grab verification codes just to log in to your account, it may help to know why so many universities require students to use two-factor authentication (2FA).
Also, if you’re a student who enrolled at TMU before September 2019 and have not yet set up two-factor, this requirement will be coming your way in February 2022.
Just for faculty and staff: Working with sensitive data at home?
Being cybersafe means doing your best to protect the data you have access to, and we have resources to help you with it.