The Best Hack-Proof Your Dorm Room

Hack-Proof Your Dorm Room

Hack-Proof Your Dorm Room

It’s that time of year! You (or your friends) are getting primed and ready to move into an awesome new dorm room to start school off in style, cause it’s all about that summer swag… those fresh new kicks… some brand new tech toys. Right?

Well, one BIG thing usually gets overlooked: security.

Security often isn’t top of mind until it’s too late - when passwords are already stolen, Twitter’s defaced, your identity is compromised, and your bank account is out $1,000 in precious funds (“yo quiero, yo quiero dinero” anyone?).

Here are a few tips for hack-proofing that fancy new dorm room:

1. First things first: set a strong passphrase and keep it to yourself!

Most schools force a password reset to start the school year off fresh. If not, take the opportunity to login and set a favorite song lyric or quote as the passphrase instead. Think: “Drake & in my feelings!” as a password alternative, which fulfills policy and is stronger, longer and easier to remember. If you want to really step up your game and make it easier on yourself, consider using a password manager to securely create and cache your passwords. By doing this, you only have to remember one master password for all of your accounts.

2. Setup your dorm essentials then lock ‘em down!

As you setup your Amazon Echo, PS4s, routers, and smart TVs, remember that technology is only as secure as its settings. Most devices share location information and other sensitive data by default unless you toggle off the feature in settings. For things like Amazon Echo, consider turning off voice purchasing (or setting a PIN code for buying) so your friends don’t drain your wallet as a party trick.

Smart home devices are growing popular in today’s home. But, with so much to offer a network connection, the Amazon Echo may raise a few privacy and security concerns. Learn more about the latest updates to secure your data and information.

3. Stow before you go!

This nugget of wisdom stands not only for important devices like tablets and laptops with sensitive information on them, but also for birth certificates, credit cards, passports, and other private data. A physical safe works great here - convenient but secure. And hey, if you lock down your life at school, you may just feel a new sense of safety and freedom when you leave your dorm for the holidays.

Don’t take our word for it. Try it out and let us know how you did @livingsecurity #dormproofing

About Living Security

At Living Security, we reduce the #1 cybersecurity risk for enterprises, human error, through engaging and impactful security awareness training that is brought to life by innovative tech enabled experiences.

Living Security co-founders, Ashley and Drew Rose, recognized that traditional security awareness programs were failing to move the needle and it was time for a fresh approach. Our immersive training experiences engage the enterprise using science backed techniques to motivate behavior change and refreshed content that’s relevant for the current threat landscape.

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Our gamified training platform allows program owners to assign users training and track through completion and beyond. Our interactive video series are broken in to episodes that cover critical security awareness concepts through story based learning and interactive puzzles. Customize your program through the addition of role and concept specific micro-modules and incentivize completion through leaderboard challenges and rewards and recognition. Series and modules are also available in your SCORM packages for delivery on your LMS.