07 Oct 2011

University of San Diego holds Cyber Security Awareness Month

The University of San Diego is hosting it's eighth annual Cyber Security Awareness Month in an effort to remind students to protect their identity and computer with internet security and antivirus programs, according to The Vista, the schools' newspaper.

"It might seem like a no-brainer," Zocher said in the news source, "but we have about 75 students, faculty and staff per year in the USD community who get their passwords stolen or cracked, sending out spam to the world and putting their data at risk."

Lead Instructional and Media Technology Analyst Michelle Young, the head of the month, told The Vista that the purpose is to educate students and faculty members on how to navigate through the internet today safely. She said it's a shared responsibility to help protect each other and all it takes is a few simple steps.

Two main tips are to never share passwords with anyone and pick a different password for separate internet accounts.

Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California, gave tips for avoiding computer viruses through email. Aside from having an antivirus program, it said beware of unexpected or unsolicited emails, avoid forwarding emails with attachments unless its scanned first and backup files on a regular basis.