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As Memorial Day approaches, the University of Kentucky Information Technology Services (UK ITS) wants to remind students, faculty and staff to keep in mind the importance of cybersecurity during the holiday weekend.

During the Memorial Day weekend, individuals frequently engage in online activities such as vacation planning, bargain hunting, and participation in virtual memorial services. The likelihood of cybersecurity hazards such as phishing attacks, identity theft and other types of cyber fraud increases in tandem with the volume of digital traffic. Here are a few tips to help the UK community safeguard their personal and professional data against cyber threats. 

  1. Update Your Software: Prior to the holiday, ensure that all of your devices are equipped with the most recent security upgrades and software updates. 
  1. Use Strong, Unique Passwords: Establish robust, distinct passwords for each account, or consider using a password manager to facilitate their management. 
  1. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication: To enhance the security of your online accounts, it is advisable to enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever feasible. 
  1. Be Wary of Phishing Attempts: Aim to avoid clicking on unsolicited emails or messages that ask for personal information or redirect users to unfamiliar websites. 
  1. Secure Your Wi-Fi Connection: If you want to travel, make sure that any Wi-Fi networks you connect to are secure. Avoid completing important transactions over public or unsecured networks. 
  1. Backup Important Data: Make regular backups of vital data to a secure location. This can help you recover your data in the event of a cyber incident. 

UK ITS is committed to providing cutting-edge cybersecurity resources and measures in order to safeguard and assist the university community. For more cybersecurity tips and tricks, sign up for UK ITS emails and alerts and follow us on social media. We wish you a secure and safe holiday weekend.