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Cyber Hygiene

Want to stay safe online? Cyber Hygiene can help you improve your cybersecurity and better protect yourself online. Not only does cyber hygiene affect you, it affects everyone around you. We've pulled together our best tips to help you learn about the threats out there and how your online behavior can make you safer!

Change Your Password

First up: passwords! Your password should be at least 8 characters, but making it even longer is more secure. You should change your password at least once a year, and you can do that right here


  • Enable Multi-Factor (MFA) or Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on web services when possible.
  • MFA or 2FA is an additional level of authentication other than just username and password. Multi-Factor or Two-Factor Authentication adds a level of authentication but having a strong, secure password is still needed to have both levels of security.
  • Use a password manager/vault to help manage passwords. Some suggestions for managers:
  • For help generating strong passwords, there are online Password Generators:

Install Antivirus and Malware Scanner

The University provides anti-virus free to Faculty & Staff. You can download Dell Data Protection & Endpoint Security (DDPE) directly from the IT Store website. If you're a student, you can find a list of free anti-virus scanners here.

Update Software

Keep your machine updated with current security patches. Check regularly for updates to third party applications such as Adobe, Flash, Java, etc. Automatic updates offered by Windows and Macs do not always patch these applications. Where possible, turn on automatic updates to apply operating system security updates.

Web Browsers

Keep your browser up to date by visiting the links below.

Chrome | Firefox | Edge | Safari

Check for plugins

Uninstall any software and services you do not need. If you are unfamiliar with a program, visit to chat with our IT Services team before you uninstall it. There are some programs that need to run natively on your machine.

Chrome | Firefox | Edge | Safari

Chrome | Firefox | Safari

In Microsoft's Edge, the pop up blocked is enabled by default, but you can learn how to disable it here

Email Clients

Office 365 is our most recent Mail Client supported, more information can be found here

Spam Blocker