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Auburn supports National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This year marks the tenth anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Auburn students utilize the internet in all aspects of our high-tech lives.  Auburn University seeks to promote Cyber Safety and remind students to be aware of what they put on the internet. As a part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Auburn presented Nev Shulman, host of MTV’s Catfish: The TV show, where he discussed the realities of meeting strangers through internet chat rooms and Facebook.

There are four cyber security areas that students should be the most aware of: mobile data security, copyright infringement, social media safety and phishing awareness.

All the advances in technology have made it easier for students to access the internet from their laptops, tablets and smart phones. However, this advancement has created that many more ways for unauthorized users to access personal information. Students should make sure to secure mobile devices against loss, theft and unauthorized access.

The easiest way to get anything these days is to simply download straight to a computer. While it might be the easy way to do things, if students don’t personally own the copyright then it is against the law, the Appropriate Use of Information Technology Policy, and the Copyright Regulation Policy. There are many ways to legally download anything and everything. Just do some research to avoid fines or jail time.

Social media is the way of this generation. While social media is a great way to accomplish many different goals, it’s important to monitor what is put online because once it’s out in cyberspace there is no getting it back. There are many dangers that lie with social media including scams, spam and identity theft. But the scarier risks are with meeting complete strangers through social internet site. Never rush meeting strangers. It is still okay to take things slow.

Phishing scams are designed to steal money or information by using emails, websites or phone calls. Through these sources, cybercriminal can install software onto a computer to steal important information. It’s crutial to be aware of these threats and not give any information that could help make this process happen.

For more information about National Cyber Awareness Month and how to protect yourself on the internet go to


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