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IT Security

With an increase in online work, there is an increase in cyber threats. Email phishing and malware attacks are on the rise. Learning about these threats and why creating strong passwords are an important security measure to keep you safe.

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Email Phishing Take the Course

Don’t take the bait. Stay up to date on email phishing tactics used by criminals. Many phishing emails will try to lure you by clicking a link, downloading an attachment, or giving up personal information. Identify phishing scams, Report suspicious emails to is-spam@mcmaster.ca and Delete the email from your inbox and deleted folder. Click the link for phishing training.

Anti-Virus Software Anti-Virus Software

Protect yourself from malicious software. All computers are vulnerable to malware, and Android mobile devices have become increasingly a target. These threats have the potential to seriously disrupt your studies. Block and reduce these malware attacks by securing your devices.

Password Tips More Tips

Passwords should be Long, at least 8 characters. They should be Complex and not contain common dictionary words or names, while also using a mix of numbers, upper case, lower case, and symbols. Use a Unique password for your MacID that is separate from other accounts. Your password should also be Secret—never share it with anyone.