Recently, National Consumer Protection Week (March 4 – 10, 2018) came and went. Were you aware? How much do you consider your own protection? Are you aware of how to protect yourself against cybercrime. It threatens us all, no matter where we live; with the ever-present cell phone, no matter where we go.
Marquette’s Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense and Information Technology Services want to stress the importance of Cyber Security Awareness in your efforts to protect yourself.
Phone scams and pop-up viruses offering to provide help (fixing a non-existent problem) at fairly aggressive costs are on the rise since the first of the year. You probably know someone who was offered these bogus services. The Federal Trade Commission and Microsoft have recently published warnings and advice about this scam. Stories have appeared in newscasts on local TV and in the local newspaper.
You should know how to spot these scams; know how to react; know how to report them; know how to protect against them.
Another type of cyber security fraud that experts are warning about is crimes related to this being income tax season. The IRS has recently released warnings to tax preparers and citizens about active scams in this 2018 tax season.
Our center is named Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense for a reason. You need to be #CyberAware; you need to put up defenses.
We encourage you to sign up for The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) newsletter. Through StaySafeOnline.org, NCSA produces and publishes these newsletters. They also promote active involvement in cyber security awareness initiatives. A monthly newsletter to you will remind you to be #CyberAware and to defend and protect yourself. NCSA has two resources just for students:
How to Stay Safe Online While Studying
Student’s Guide to Social Media Security: Managing Privacy Online