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AU officials discuss cybersecurity

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By: Dorothy Sherman

AUBURN, AL - For most people the digital world has become an essential part of everyday life, but if unprotected your electronic device can come under cyber-attack. 

"A lot of people will leave their phones without passwords or they'll leave their facebook logged in in like a public library or something and just not log out as they walk away," Auburn University Computer Engineering Senior, Sean Atwell said.  "I know people who have had their facebooks get logged into an people start posting malicious things."

The most common form of attack is phishing according to Auburn University Webmaster, Seth Humphrey.  Phishing scams are created to steal personal information or money through emails, websites, phone calls.  Humphrey said recently he's seen an increase in phishing text messages.

"If you're suspicious at all about a text or an email that you've received, go to the source.  If they say they're from Verizion, they say they are from your bank, contact your bank and ask them if it is legitimate.  Don't click the link in the email.  Actually go to their website or call them on their phone," Humphrey said.

Cyber-attacks can be very real.  They can impact your personal and financial life.

On campus recently, we've had a number of individuals who have fallen for a phishing scam and the banking routing information has been changed within our system by the perpetrator and then at the end of the month and their funds went to the bad guys," Humphrey said.

Signs of a phishing message include urgent language, spelling errors, and bad grammar.  Humphrey said when it comes to protecting your mobile device make sure it's locked down with a password and advises caution when connecting to a wifi hotspot.

"Use secure connections and people you trust.  And, don't just jump on any wireless hotspot out there," Humphrey said.

For more cyber security tips head to www.keepitsafe.auburn.edu.

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