Cyber Security

Anyone using a computer, whether it be for personal or work use, is vulnerable to a security breach. It is imperative that each of us takes precautions to protect our personal and work technology.

Types of Cyber Attacks
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How to Handle a Security Breach
If you feel that you may have been subjected to a security breach, immediately change your LLCC password and notify the IT Help Desk at 217.786.2555 or helpme@llcc.edu. Change all online account passwords immediately as these may have been leaked to the attacker. Check with any financial institutions for issues, such as fraudulent charges.

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Password Management
  • Change passwords: Immediately change any password that you feel may have been compromised.
  • Use unique passwords: Using the same password for multiple sites is an easy way to be compromised. Many potential attackers gain access to bulk lists of login IDs and password. They use these lists on many other sites hoping to find a user that re-used the same login information.
  • Create secure passwords: The only secure password is the one you can't remember ( Opens in new window Troy Hunt ). We strongly recommend you use a password manager to help with this (more information below). Do not make your password easy to get for someone who knows you. Avoid creating passwords using important dates (birthday, anniversary, etc.) and the names of pets. How to create a secure password.
  • Use a password manager: Password managers store your passwords for you so you do not need to remember them. Most will generate strong passwords for you when you create a new login for a site. These allow you to use unique passwords for all your login credentials and they allow you to use stronger passwords without worrying about forgetting them. There are free password managers, but some require a subscription. Some examples are as follows: Opens in new window BitWarden , Opens in new window LastPass , and Opens in new window 1Password .
  • Verify the integrity of your credentials: Using a site like Opens in new window https://haveibeenpwned.com/ can help inform you if your credentials have been leaked. The site keeps up-to-date with data breaches and can email you if your credentials are leaked. There is a page to inform you if your password has been part of a breach ( Opens in new window https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords ).
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