2 Steps Ahead
LastPass can also be challenging to navigate when trying to work across devices, including HKS PCs, and across other parts of the Harvard network, which use HarvardKey. While I would not mandate HKS members to store all of their central passwords on LastPass, some might protest being forced to store their passwords in a cloud that has. That’s why the University provides LastPass—a premium password manager used to create, store, and manage passwords for all of your accounts—to all members of the Harvard community. With LastPass, you can use one strong 'master' password to protect the passwords of all your other accounts including your HarvardKey.
Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) on the following accounts:
- Your financial accounts
Remember that a compromise of one account could lead to the compromise of others.
Be Web Wise
- Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online: Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
- Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
- Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. Make sure that backups are encrypted!
Connect with Care
- When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.
- Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.
- Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure.
Keep a Clean Machine
Follow these simple steps to keep your Harvard system, and your home system, safe and secure
- Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
- Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
- Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smartphones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
- Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them
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Own Your Online Presence
- Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.: Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites.
- Be aware of what’s being shared: Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s OK to limit how and with whom you share information.
- Share with care: Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
Protect your Personal Information
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- Secure your accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.
- Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.
- Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.
- Use a password manager: Anyone can forget a password. Use LastPass password manager to manage all of your passwords for you. You only have to remember one password! Find out more at http://security.harvard.edu/lastpass
- Get two steps ahead: Turn on two-step authentication – also known as two-step verification or multi-factor authentication – on accounts where available. It adds a layer of protection beyond logon and password.