Cyber Security Awareness at Medgar Evers College
The University has made available free anti-virus protection for all CUNY students, faculty and staff. You are encouraged to log into the CUNY Portal (www.cuny.edu) to obtain your single free copy of the software to protect your home computer or laptop. Keeping your home computers up to date with anti-virus software will prevent the spread of viruses to your portable USB drives and other media.
Upon logging in the CUNY Portal Welcome Page, click CUNYeMall at the top of the page.
On the CUNYeMall page > click Software > select McAfee > Start Shopping, > click More Software. Choose McAfee Virus Scan Enterprise for your Windows machine or Virus Scan for your Mac.
Follow the instructions to download the program.
- Secure your computer. Make sure your computer has the latest security updates installed. Check that your anti-virus and anti-spyware software are running properly and are receiving automatic updates from the vendor. If you haven’t already done so, install a firewall before you begin your online shopping.
- Upgrade your browser. Upgrade your Internet browser to the most recent version available. Review the browser’s security settings. Apply the highest level of security available that still gives you the functionality you need.
Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems,
and other web‐enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security
software to scan them.
Protect Your Personal Information.
Secure your accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer
additional ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.
Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with 6-8 digits of numbers and symbols to
create a more secure password.
Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.
Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure
place away from your computer.
Own your online presence: When available, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your
comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information.
Connect with Care.
When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way
cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to
delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.
Get savvy about Wi‐Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings
on your device to limit who can access your machine.
Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web
addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your
information. “Http://” is not secure.
Be Web Wise.
Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something
that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an
electronic copy and storing it safely.
Protect Yourself when Shopping Online. Learn more at these sites.
If you have problems shopping online, contact the seller or site operator directly. If those attempts are not successful, you may wish to contact the following entities: