Cyber-Security Tips

Cyber security at Onondaga Community College is everyone’s responsibility and there are a few important things you can do to help

Passwords: Longer is Stronger

A password is your identity; set a strong password, don’t write it down or share it.  You should never be asked to verify your password through email or over the phone.

The Bug Stops Here:  Use anti-malware and virus prevention programs

Configure personal devices to download and install security and system updates.  Never leave computing devices unattended in public locations.  Avoid storing sensitive data on media that is easily misplaced such as CD’s and USB devices.

Phishing:  If you suspect deceit, hit Delete

Phishing is a tactic that deceives users into giving up credentials or clicking on links that perform malicious activity to gain access to accounts and steal financial resources.  Never open unexpected or unknown emails or attachments.  Never provide your password or other sensitive data in an email—this may be a phishing attempt.

Treat mobile devices like any other computer

Configure a password or pass-code on your device.  Install antivirus software and a firewall if available.  Disable or uninstall applications you don’t use.  Remove or delete old or unused messages and data on a regular basis.

Care to be Aware

If you suspect your computer has been compromised, or if you suspect any other type of breach in the information security of OCC resources, contact the OCC Helpdesk at 315-498-2999. Help Promote Cybersecurity awareness and practices on campus.  Keep an eye out for poor security practices (e.g. a password written on a sticky note and in plain sight, a computer unattended in a public location).

Questions? Call the Helpdesk at 315-498-2999