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Cybersecurity Tip of the Week – Educate your family and/or team on the importance of cybersecurity


Oftentimes, cybercriminals gain access through in-house negligence — hence, awareness is key. Teach those who hold sensitive information to recognize suspicious links, the role of strong password measures, and regular software updates, among other relevant factors. Notably, a strong defense starts with educated vigilance.

Here are some tips for educating your family or team on cybersecurity:

  • Explain the different types of cyberattacks and how they can affect them.
  • Teach them how to recognize suspicious emails, links, and attachments.
  • Help them create strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication on all of their accounts.
  • Explain the importance of keeping their software up to date.
  • Talk to them about the risks of using public Wi-Fi and public charging stations.
  • Encourage them to report any suspicious activity to you immediately.

By educating your family and team on cybersecurity, you can help protect them from cyberattacks.

If you need assistance or a deeper explanation of any of these topics, contact the Office of Cybersecurity at itsecurity@uthsc.edu or use TechConnect to contact the team.