National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Week 3: Software Safety

Keep your software updated and secure! Don't let it be your Achilles' heel.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Week 3: Software Safety | Mind Your Achilles’ Heel!

Achilles was a Greek warrior hero in the Trojan War. When he was an infant, Achilles’ mother dipped him into the River Styx so that he may become immortal. Every part of his body was fully covered with the magical waters except for his left heel, by which he was held. This unprotected heel was Achilles’ only vulnerable spot. In that regard, unpatched or misconfigured software is your device’s vulnerability, which can be exploited to cause harm to your data or device.

Most software vendors routinely release patches and security updates to protect from newly-discovered vulnerabilities. It’s important that you prioritize installing these updates to protect your system. Additionally, unused and outdated software should be uninstalled from your device to reduce the risk of compromise. Finally, you should only obtain and install software from trusted sources. Bad actors often release free versions of popular software that contains malware that can be used to steal your data, harm your computer, or even take it over completely!

Tips to protect your device from exploitable vulnerabilities:

• Avoid opening unsolicited email attachments.
• Only install authorized legal software and use it for legitimate reasons.
• Abstain from using unauthorized, partially complete “beta” software.
• Uninstall software that you have no intention of using, or at least install their security updates regularly.
• Report any suspicious software to security@uic.edu immediately.

Have questions? Join us at our security booth every Wednesday in October from 11am - 2pm to speak to our security personnel and take home a fun labyrinth maze gift.

October 16 - Richard J. Daley Library (LIB)
October 23 - Library of the Health Sciences (LHS)
October 30 - Student Center East (SCE)

For more information on Cyber Security, visit:
awareness.security.uic.edu

Keep your software updated and secure -
don’t let it become your Achilles’ heel!