Information Security at the University of Hawai‘i

Online Safety and Security - Do you know the Basic Steps?

Users can take many different precautions to stay safe and secure online. Below are great recommendations from the National Cyber Security Alliance to better protect yourself online and make the Internet more secure for everyone. Or, you may view the graphic here:

  • Fortify each online account or device you use. Enable the strongest authentication tools available. This might include biometrics, security keys, or unique one-time codes sent to your mobile device. The UH system offers Multi-Factor Authentication for all UH email accounts. Get started by visiting
  • Keep your machine clean and up to date. Make sure all software on your devices - including PCs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets - are updated regularly to reduce the risk of malware infection.
  • Personal information is like money. Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value - just like money. Be thoughtful about who receives that information and how it's collected by apps or websites.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. Cybercriminals often use links to try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, it is best to delete it if you are suspicious. Report any phishing attempts to and malware or virus infections to
  • Share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what the post reveals, who might see it, and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
  • Own your online presence. Set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps to your comfort level for information sharing. It's okay to limit how and with whom you share information.

Source: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Software Up to Date poster

US-CERT Vulnerability Alerts

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) provides the latest updates about current threats and vulnerabilities. You can subscribe to their feed to get the latest updates about ongoing vulnerabilities and other cyber threats.

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