February 11th is U.S. Safer Internet Day led by ConnectSafely and we, at Augusoft, want to celebrate and acknowledge your efforts as a college admin to keep your students, staff and yourself safe online. Download this graphic with helpful reminders to print and hang on your office door.
Consider yourself Internet Safety aware when:
Your passwords are strong
Strong passwords contain variety – at least one capital letter, a number and a symbol, and are at least 8 characters long. The longer, the better. New password protocol for Internet Safety suggests using a phrase (brief sentence); one that is memorable to you, but that is not easily guessed. If one of your accounts gets compromised, your other accounts should remain protected, so the easiest safeguard is using unique passwords for each account. Some institutions are implementing Password Managers which prove to be helpful in the creation and recall of user passwords.
You are aware when using public networks
Save your online banking and other sensitive activities for when you’re on a secure, trusted network. Ensure your devices are not discoverable by other users in the area, and you may consider using a password protected Mi-Fi or personal hotspot from your phone to connect to the Internet while in public.
Your device has an antivirus installed
Installing an antivirus can make all the difference when it comes to halting system attack attempts. Even if you’re an acutely aware Internet searcher, your device can be subject to malware, so it’s best to be protected from these vicious bugs.
You can smell a phishing email a mile away
Phishing attacks are getting more sophisticated, and it can be tricky to detect one if you’re not expecting it. Best practice advises not to click on links sent through emails. Instead, hover over the URL and type it in to your browser to search. Pay attention to the links and type carefully! Phishers are also able to replicate trusted sender addresses, so be sure that you’re receiving the information from the right person and follow up via phone or face-to-face when necessary. Never engage with or click on anything in a suspicious email.
How Lumens protects your (student) data
Augusoft is proud to maintain a long history of safe, secure data. Built on a SaaS platform, all Lumens sites are hosted in a secure server environment that uses firewalls and other current technologies to prevent interference or access from outside intruders. Using advanced server technologies, Augusoft protects personal information in secure databases with SSAE 16 Type 2 (Soc 1) certification, housed in state-of-the-art data centers. Augusoft also holds a PCI Service Provider Level III certification. For a deeper dive into our security practices, view this white paper.