Data privacy is a major risk issue for any business, including the University. We are ultimately responsible for the data we have access to at the University, and there are people who want to fraudulently access that information. What can we do about it?
Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer and personal information. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software. You should maintain strong passwords for all accounts on your computer.
These days, computer worms and viruses do not look for a single vulnerability, as they did in the past. As soon as a machine is infected, it starts looking for other machines to infect (e.g. nearby computers on the same network).
While our daily online activity continues to grow, so does our exposure to online threats. Multiply this by the sheer amount of devices through which we can access the Internet, and the risk of our personal information falling into the wrong hands increases exponentially.