Student Cyber Safety

Whether you open your laptop to take notes in lecture halls, or log in to your classes on your computer, cyber safety is important for every student. To celebrate National Cyber Security Month, we are giving you all the tips and tricks to protect yourself from cyber-attacks.

Secure Your Laptop and Cell

            One of the most common crimes on college campuses, is technology theft. Make sure you never leave your laptop in your car, or unattended in a public area. You can also invest in a laptop tracking software (ie. Find my Mac).

Make sure you never keep any personal info on your laptop, such as SSN, passwords, birth certificates, or driver’s license. If you do keep this info in your computer ensure that it is encrypted. Also make sure your phone and laptop are password protected.

Be Password Smart

            If your password is 123456, passw0rd, or something simple like your birth year, you are acting as cyber hacking bait. For a password to be strong you should have a mix of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.  In addition you should also change your passwords every six months, and make sure your passwords are not the same for all of your accounts. If you need to write down your passwords, make sure they are not stored near your devices.

Avoid Phishing Attacks

This is one of the most common cyber hacking methods. Hackers will send links through text messages or emails. Never open an email from a suspicious or unknown address, and if there is a link in any email you receive, instead of clicking on it, type it into your search bar instead. Phishers are able to hide different links with quick link addresses. Phishers will also play on your fears and send messages such as “You owe the IRS…” or “Your account is about to be terminated…” If you have concern about these, you can always follow up with a phone call.

Social Media Safety

Social Media plays a major role in cyber security threats. For example, to keep yourself safe, never post personal information such as phone number, address, birth date, address, or name of your school. This information could be communicated in photos too, so comb through those to make sure you are safe. Make sure your privacy settings are set at the highest level, as hackers are able to gain a lot of information from public accounts.

With the constant threat of cyber-attacks, it’s no surprise that Cyber Security is a popular career with a lot of opportunities.  Specialists with an information security background are so valuable that the median salary is over $95,000 per year!  Linfield’s Cyber Security and Digital Forensics certificate will prepare you to join this fast growing career. To celebrate National Cyber Security Month we are offering free applications to our Cyber Security and Digital Forensics program. What are you waiting for? Apply now!

Sustainable Practices for Students

While you’re in school there are so many things on your mind, and life can get super busy. But there are little ways you can help the earth by just changing a few of your habits, so you can be a sustainable student.

Reusable Cups and Straws

Whether you are sitting in a lecture hall for class, or logging into class at the end of a long workday, every student knows that caffeine can be a lifesaver. Plastic straws and cups may seem like just a small part of your daily life, but they play a huge role in the global plastic pollution issue. Only 9% of plastics end up being recycled, the rest end up in landfills, where they take up to 1000 years to decompose, or it ends up in the ocean. Many cities and companies have already began banning plastic straws, but you can help too! By using a reusable straw and cup when you are drinking your morning coffee, or just filling it with water instead of using plastic water bottles. And the best thing is most coffee shops give you a discount for bringing your own cup for them to fill! Talk about a win-win.

Taking Electronic Notes

With all the technological advances, taking notes electronically is easier than ever. Eventually most school notes end-up in the landfill or even worse, in the trash. Save the paper and other materials by taking notes on your laptop, or tablet. Need notecards to study? Use Quizlet. You can even download their app so your notecards are right on your phone, so you can take studying on the go!

Unplug Your Electronics

            When you’re not using electronics, they are still taking up lots of energy. So once you’re done with something just unplug it. You can also plug your electronics in a surge protector and just flip the switch off right before you leave! The earth and your electric bill will thank you!

Reusable Shopping Bags

Keeping Reusable grocery or shopping bags in your car is such an easy task that makes all the difference. Think about how many bags of groceries you end up putting in single use paper or plastic bags for every shopping trip. Those end up adding up and cause lots of unnecessary waste. If the bags are already in your car or even in your purse, then you will always be prepared!

Eat Smart

            What’s a better study break then a trip to your local farmer’s market? Purchasing local and organic meat and produce not only keeps money in the local economy, but helps support sustainable food practices. Farmers at your local farmer’s market usually only have to travel 50 miles or so, compared to grocery store products that travel and average of 1,000 miles. Plus, many of the products are pesticide and chemical free.

Use Electronics Wisely

            Laptop computers use up to 80% less energy than desktop computers, so always opt to use your laptop rather than a desktop if you can. Most laptops also have a power saving mode that automatically lower your screen brightness and make sure apps that are not wasting unnecessary energy. Your phone most likely also has this feature, so always turn that feature on. Plus, it will make your battery last way longer, so no need to carry around bulky chargers.

Adding sustainable practices into your daily life doesn’t have to be difficult. Just follow these simple tips and you will be helping our planet! Want to learn even more about sustainability? Check out our completely online sustainability certificate program.