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Posted October 20, 2016 by Academic and Institutional Technology
Tags: Security

Keep Your Work Safe This B-Quad

At this point in the semester, you probably have some final projects to work on or some fast-paced quad classes to keep up with. During B-quad, take basic cybersecurity precautions and don't take the risk of losing your hard work or causing yourself unnecessary stress.

During your study marathons in Lower Beamer or Buswell, don't leave your devices unattended. While abandoning your laptop, tablet or phone to run to the restroom or get a snack might not seem like a big deal, losing your hard work or the devices you use every day just isn't worth the risk.

If your work isn't backed up, something as simple as spilled coffee or an accidental drop can cause big problems. Save your projects in the cloud and yourself some worry. Use ThunderCloud Storage or Google Docs.

Notetaking and productivity apps are tempting when you have a lot to keep track of, but make sure you do some research before creating an account or installing an app or software. Google the product name and see what other people are saying about it.

  • Try search terms such as "is appname malware?" or "is productname safe?"
  • Wheaton students have access to Microsoft OneNote, which synchronizes your notes across most devices.

Be careful of who you give your personal information to. Many scams are very clever and pose as job offers or bank websites. You don't want to get locked out of your accounts or have your identity stolen, especially given the time it takes to regain access to compromised accounts and the chance of losing your files or money. Read this for more on recognizing a scam.

Following basic precautions can save you a world of trouble and keep your semester running smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like help accessing ThunderCloud Training, Office 365, or any other services, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology by email or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).