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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our nation, ensuring that people have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. We encourage all Gamecocks to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace and taking these proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity:

Practice good password management

We all have too many passwords to manage and it’s important to practice good password management. Use a strong mix of characters, and don’t use the same password for multiple sites.

Be careful what you click

Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources. These sites often host malware that will automatically install (often silently) and compromise your computer. If attachments or links in the email are unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don't click on it.

Never leave devices unattended

The physical security of your devices is just as important as their online security. Be sure to lock up your devices such as laptops, phones and tablets when leaving your workstation. For desktop computers, lock your screen or shut down the system when not in use.

Install antivirus software

UofSC students, faculty and staff have free access to antivirus software and can be accessed on our Software page. This helps keep virus definitions, engines and software up to date to ensure your programs remains effective.

Use the “push notification” on Duo Security

Duo Push is fast, convenient, the most secure, and the least expensive way to authenticate to university systems. Users can use Push if they do not have cell service, and it works in any country. When using Push, there is no need to wait for receipt of a phone call or text message. To use Duo Push, all you need is the Duo Mobile app installed and activated.

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