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Digital Self-Defense

Digital Self-Defense can help you improve your digital security and better protect yourself online. Cybercrime not only affects you, it affects everyone around you.

We've pulled together our best tips to help you learn about cyber threats and how your online behavior can make you safer!

The VPN, Virtual Private Network, creates a secure connection to the campus network, allowing you to access campus resources while working remotely.

It is highly recommend that sensitive and protected University data be secured by multi-factor authentication. Data that could compromise the University’s reputation, property, employees, students, or interests if stolen is a strong candidate for DUO.

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.

A password manager/vault helps store, create, and manage passwords.

More news on LastPass coming soon! 

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.

  1. Check web browser and plugins.
  2. Update your browser.
  3. Disable browser plugins.
  4. Uninstall unnecessary software and services.
    • If you are unfamiliar with a program, visit needhelp.ou.edu to chat with our IT Services team before you uninstall it. There are some programs that need to run natively on your machine.
  5. Disable Pop-up Windows

Office 365 for Education is our most recent Mail Client.