October is Cyber Security Month! This week’s topic is Safe Browsing. 

Most of us probably know to be careful what we download, but security should be kept in mind even in your everyday browsing. Think of all the information you might type into your browser, especially if you shop online: your credit card numbers, banking numbers, passwords, maybe even your social security number… 

With all that sensitive information going through your browser, you’ll want to keep in mind these simple tips to ensure it’s protected from prying eyes: 

  • Look for the secure lock icon and “https” signature on web addresses 
  • Use an up-to-date, modern browser at all times, such as ChromeFirefox, Edge or Safari (no Internet Explorer) 
  • Always use a secure network when doing sensitive work on WiFi. To be clear: “secure” here means “you need a password to access it.” This means you should never do online banking, shopping, or anything that requires you to type in passwords or other sensitive information while on public WiFi networks like the ones you find in McDonald’s or Starbucks. This is the same reason you should always use Stonehill’s secure hillspot network, and never guest, while on campus.  

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 508-565-4357 or via e-mail at service-desk@stonehill.edu