By Atiba Rogers
As technology continues to advance, people no longer use their smartphones just to communicate.
Smartphones come with options allowing people to pay their bills online and to even add locations of their photos without taking heed to security risks.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month celebrates its 10th anniversary this October, and the responsibility lies on everyone to be cautious with their information online.
According to The Department of Homeland Security, “National Cyber Security Awareness Month looks ahead at the cyber security challenges for the next ten years, dedicating each week to a different cyber security issue.”
One example of a cyber security issue is “cyber and physical security when protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure.” The Department of Homeland Security is raising cyber security awareness to protect against and respond to cyber incidents.
“I’ve had my password stolen before,” said Joshua Lawrence, a junior biology major. “I think it was a company and I had to change it once but I haven’t had to change it since.”
Even though Lawrence has had his password stolen before, he still feels pretty safe in cyber space.
“I feel like I’m pretty safe because I make long passwords with different types of characters,” Lawrence says.
Students at Stony Brook University have the option to use their Wolfie Wallet debit card to load funds to use at a list of merchants. The card also has the student’s personal information linked to their accounts, making it all the more important to keep it protected.
Lawrence also holds banks to a certain standard when it comes to protection.
“When finances are involved, that’s a situation where I do want a higher degree of privacy. I sign up to their service, I should be entitled to a certain degree of security,” he says.
Facebook also plays a role in the cyber security community.
“As far as people using my name or my identity online, it doesn’t concern me all that much because I don’t think there’s any reason they would do that,” said Alice Bartoldus, a junior psychology major. “I think that what’s more concerning is the anonymity of other people, so if someone sends you an anonymous message then you would have no idea what it is on something like Tumblr or Formspring.”
Being cautious to what one does online goes a long way for someone like Lawrence, whose bank passwords are very different from his regular passwords.
“Your finances are a lot more important than, you know, your tweets about your dinner,” he says.