By Harrison Stites. The Office of Information Security wishes everyone a safe and productive return to the classroom. In support of your return, we want to remind you of a few simple but important security strategies that you can use to protect yourself and your data.
Back up your devices and accounts to prevent loss of data. If possible, back up to a cloud service that auto-updates. Using an auto-updating service will help mitigate a mid-semester loss of data, which could cause you to lose work in progress.
Secure Your Accounts
The start of a new year is a great time to ensure that your accounts are properly protected. Using long, unique passwords for each account prevents potential security breaches. Whenever it’s available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA) to add another layer of security to your account. For more tips on device and account security, view our OIS guidance https://informationsecurity.wustl.edu/guidance/.
Turn on Automatic Updates
Software is continuously updated to protect against vulnerabilities and hacks. Turn on automatic updates on your computer operating system and all the major software you use (Outlook, Chrome, etc.) to protect your devices and accounts.
Thank you for your help in keeping WashU secure!