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5 Security Tips for College Students

College opens up a world of new possibilities but also unexpected hazards. Here are some important and useful security tips for navigating these challenges successfully:

1.) Always secure your valuables!

You wouldn’t leave your car unlocked or laptop unattended, so why leave the other important and expensive items in your life open to theft? Dorm life and busy social schedules means that people are often coming and going from your room or apartment. You won’t always know who they are but you can feel secure carrying on your life knowing books, purses, and other valuables are safely behind lock and key.

2.) Change your password every 6 months.

Online threats are just as real as any other so, in addition to avoiding hazardous websites or downloads, it’s smart to change your passwords every six months or so. If you’re like me and have trouble coming up with creative ones or remembering all of them, there are lots of great random passwords generators you could look into.

3.) Make sure you have an extra key.

Your keys are like the passwords to your physical life, so its important to give some thought to them as well. If you’re moving into a new place, check with the landlord to make sure they have changed the locks recently and its always a good idea to have a second set available, even if they don’t provide one.

4.) Use the campus resources at your disposal.

Most colleges have extensive and costly systems in place to ensure the safety of their students. You’re paying for it in one way or another, so take advantage of them! Get to know where your campus security department is located and how to reach them. Take official transportation or stick to illuminated and well trafficked routes at night. Finally, don’t be afraid to speak up if you are worried or think something could be safer.

5.) Always charge your phone and know your emergency contacts.

If you’re in college, then chances are you probably don’t need to be reminded to have a phone handy but don’t use up all your battery playing Pokemon GO just in case something unexpected or important comes up. When you get back from spring break at 3 AM and can’t find the keys, you don’t want to have to wake up the neighbors. Its college after all, they need their sleep just as much as you do.

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