How to Protect Yourself Online

Ten things you can do to protect yourself online:

  1. Learn to recognize phishing attacks
  2. Use strong passwords, and different passwords for different accounts. 
  3. Choose security questions for resetting passwords that are not guessable based on public information or social media. 
  4. Protect your email account. It’s not just personal information; it’s the back door into all your other accounts through password resets. 
  5. Set a passcode on your phone. It likely has sensitive data on it, including your contacts’ information and access to your email and social media accounts. 
  6. Be selective with what you share on social media, and talk to your friends about what they share. 
  7. Backup your data. Hard drives fail and computers and phones get lost and stolen. It is unlikely you will avoid this at some point. 
  8. Use two-factor authentication where it’s available, especially on email and banking sites. 
  9. Practice safe computing. Make sure that your operating system and software (including anti- virus) is set to auto-update, and do not leave your computer logged in where it is accessible by others. 
  10. Detect fraud. Regularly monitor your financial accounts and credit reports. 

Always Follow These Security Steps to Protect Loyola and Yourself!

  1. Never share your Loyola username and password with ANYONE.
  2. Always look for the quad when logging into Inside Loyola and Houndmail. Verify that the URL for Office 365 or Inside Loyola begins with
  3. Only install anti-virus and anti-malware programs from a known and trusted source. 
  4. Avoid phishing scams - beware suspicious of  official-looking emails or phone calls that ask for login information, credit card  information, personal or financial data.
  5. Make your passwords easy for yourself to  remember but difficult for others to figure out. Never use the same password on multiple websites.
  6. Think before you click. Links in email, social media posts and online ads are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information or infect your computer. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it!
  7. Never leave your computer unattended and always use password protected screen saver.  
  8. Protect your personal information. Your Social  Security number, credit card numbers, and bank account numbers can be used to steal your  
    money or open new accounts in your name. 
  9. Keep your software up to date. Turn on automatic updates for your OS, web browsers and browser plugs. Always download software updates from the vendor’s website.
  10. Always know your network. Identity thieves prey on public and unprotected Wi-Fi networks.  

If you have any questions or concerns contact the Help Center at 410-617-5555 or via the web at


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