Summer Safe IT Tips
1 June 2021
The summer is a great time to relax and unwind but it's important you don't overlook your tech. With the increase of recent cyber attacks in Ireland, it has become more important than ever to protect ourselves against these types of threats.
Take a look at our six summer safe IT tips below to help keep your accounts and data safe and secure this summer.
Be vigilant to the possibility of phishing when reading emails. Treat any email that asks for your username and password details with extreme caution and be mindful of emails which contain hyperlinks to rogue websites or attachments as these could contain malware such as ransomware. Remember, always check with the sender before opening attachments or clicking on links in emails you were not expecting.
Don't reveal your passwords to anyone else. Your Trinity computer account and network login password act as your identity on the Trinity network and restrict access to your College email and other Trinity services available to you. Guard your passwords and always change them if you suspect that they have become known to others.
3. Two-factor authentication
Setting up two-factor authentication for your online accounts including email and social media is the most important step you can take you keep your accounts safe. Below is a useful list of common services that offer Two-factor authentication. Follow the links to protect your accounts, you will be glad you did!
- Facebook Two-Factor Setup
- Instagram Two-Factor Setup
- Twitter Two-Factor Setup
- Snapchat Two-Factor Setup
- LinkedIn, Two-Factor Setup
- Dropbox Two-Factor Setup
- WhatsApp Two-Factor Setup
4. Back up your data
Backup your files and devices regularly. This will help you recover the latest version of any lost or damaged data. If you backup using a cloud-based app then if your device is lost or stolen you will have access from any device.
5. Updates for your devices
Stay current on software security updates for your devices. All software companies are constantly releasing patches and updates to fix security issues, as well as other flaws discovered in their products. These flaws are what virus writers and hackers exploit to gain access to your data. Make sure you stay ahead of the hackers and keep you software up-to-date.
6. Staying protected
Make sure you have anti-virus software installed on your devices and ensure they are running up-to-date virus definitions. Be sure to turn on password or PIN protection for your devices, to ensure your data is much safer if your device gets lost or stolen.