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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Browse safely with tips from [U]Tech

This month, University Technology’s ([U]Tech) Information Security Office is marking National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by sharing information on different facets of cybersecurity.

In its 15th year, the month-long awareness campaign promotes the importance of protecting against hackers, online scammers and other cyber-threats.

This week, the Information Security Office is focusing on safe web browsing.

Four steps to browse securely, according to the SANS Institute, are:

  1. Watch out for browser warnings: Is there a warning banner about the website you are trying to visit? Avoid the site and go to a different one to find the information you need.
  2. Check for encryption: Find the padlock icon or HTTPS next the website address to ensure information is protected in transit.
  3. Get authorized: Before installing any software, plugins, add-ons or extensions, check [U]Tech policies and procedures to ensure it is authorized or ask the [U]Tech Service Desk at, 216.368.HELP (4357) or
  4. Once installed, keep it updated: Make sure that your browser and plugins always have the latest patches and updates.

Visit the [U]Tech’s Information Security Office website for security tips and news.