Computer Safety Tips for College Students

Computers can make life much easier for college students, but they can also pose great danger.  Some computer safety tips for college students courtesy of AVG:

  • Use a strong and different password for each of your accounts.
  • Do not share your password or leave it where it can be found.
  • Be wary of any Facebook or Twitter app, site or email that asks you for login info.
  • Be sure to log out of your accounts when done.
  • Avoid logging in from a friend’s computer. They could have purposefully installed a keylogger or fallen prey to spyware without knowing it.
  • If somebody sends you a link, confirm the sender’s intent before clicking as it could have been sent from a hijacked account. Be especially careful if the message that accompanies the link is particularly tempting – i.e., “OMG is that you in this pic?”
  • Install an online security solution that includes anti-phishing features.
  • Use a spyware scanner to check for keylogging software a ‘friend’ may have installed while using your computer.
  • Remember your accounts are never 100% safe. Be careful of what kind of information you store on your account in case of a break-in.

It’s easy to get complacent when you use the computer every day and spend many hours online.  But you should always be vigilant when using a computer and take precautions to protect your login information.  Protecting your computer doesn’t have to be expensive.  You can download AVG’s free anti-viral software here.

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