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Critical Cybersecurity Hygiene Guidance:

1. Be wary of malicious emails and websites.
Please be aware that malicious actors are taking advantage of current events to trick you into clicking a link to a malicious website or downloading an email attachment. For example, one widely disseminated scam claims to be a “corona-virus-map(dot)com” website.
Please be suspicious, vigilant and careful when clicking on links in an email, downloading attachments, and when visiting websites.

2. Keep your Software Up-To-Date with updates.
Regularly apply Operating System Updates on all of your devices including your Windows or Macintosh computers as well as your Apple iPhone or Android-based smartphone.

3. Use Strong Passwords.

  • Use strong passwords for your BRCC and other accounts.
  • Do not use your Blue Ridge Community College account password for any other unrelated account.
  • Regularly change your password — about every 3 months — when prompted.

4. Use a modern web browser that is up-to-date.
Use common web browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari and allow them to regularly install updates

5. Use antivirus software.
Microsoft Windows has very effective antivirus software that is built into the operating system called Windows Defender. Although MacOS does not come with antivirus software, it is recommended that you install antivirus software. Avast for Mac, and MalwareBytes for Mac are effective free options.