The recent reports of cyber attacks on major companies and organizations reinforce the various steps we all should take to protect both ourselves and the University. Our most recent effort, DPU_Secure wireless, has provided you with a safer, more secure connection between your computing device and the various access points on campus.
Now it’s time to remind everyone about the importance of changing your Google Apps password regularly – preferably, at least every 6 months. As Google mentions in its Secure your passwords article at tinyurl.com/GHPasswords, passwords are the first line of defense against cyber criminals. Be sure to watch the short “How to create a strong password” video at the end of the article.
Another recommended resource that you might find useful is Google’s Gmail security checklist at tinyurl.com/GHChecklist. Not only does this list offer you tips and tools for making your Google Apps email account more secure, but item #7 introduces you to 2-step verification.
Within the next month, 2-step verification will be an available option on your DePauw Google Account. Once it’s available, choosing to use it will make your account even more secure. 2-step verification can be thought of as something you do – Entering your password – with something you have – on the personal device you’ve linked to your account.
Watch for more #SecureIT information to come later.
Have a great weekend and go change your Google password now!