Still looking for a New Year’s Resolution?
Put “update my passwords” on your list! Weak, insecure and stale passwords are the primary vulnerabilities that cause data breaches as hackers are well aware that we tend to create ones that are easy-to-remember and reuse them for multiple accounts. Do you recognize your password in the Top 200 Most Common Passwords of the year 2022? Think about better password practices for your New Year’s resolution. Visit University IT’s Password page to start your cyber wellness journey with tips to create strong credentials and keep your information safe.
New Year’s Resolution Scams
If you’ve started to lose momentum on those New Year’s resolutions, don’t let too good to be true scams reel you back in. Malicious actors bank on popular commitments that often fold around mid-late January, and swoop in with jaw dropping deals to pique your interest and encourage persistence. Take charge of 2023, read the fine print and don’t let scammers ruin what could be your journey to improved wellness.
Are you being ‘pushed’ into MFA fatigue?
Our institution uses several guardrails to protect our accounts and prevent bad actors from getting in. Duo, for example, is a multi-factor authentication (MFA) tool that notifies you to accept or deny a request anytime there is an attempt to access a system or application with your login. It’s a quick indicator if someone other than you tries to log in with your credentials. Reminder: If you receive a Duo notification you did not initiate, do not accept! Be aware that pesky hackers will repeatedly attempt to login, known as “prompt bombing,” hoping multiple alerts will push you into MFA fatigue and Accept the request to stop the notifications.
Important: Ignoring or missing Duo notifications three (3) consecutive times will lock your Duo access and you’ll need to wait 30 minutes or call the Help Desk to unlock it. When you’re signing in, remember to Accept your Duo notification promptly. Not you? This indicates your password is compromised- decline or ignore the prompts and change your password(s) immediately via myIdentity.