Cybersecurity & Identity Theft


By taking reasonable precautions, RCC Students, Faculty, and Staff can significantly reduce the risk of cybersecurity threats. Here are some tips to help the RCC Community stay safe while using online resources on and off the RCC campus. 

  • Create strong passwords. A good, strong password should be long and complex, with lowercase letters, capital letters, special characters, and numbers. Example: P@$$w0rD!
  • Anti-malware. Your personal device – computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone – should be equipped with reliable end point protection that prevents various malicious software, including viruses, adware, spyware, browser hijacking software, fake security software, and other malware.
  • Backup. Create a backup of your files and settings. This will help you recover your documents in the event of a possible breach, or in the event that files are lost or corrupted.
  • Adjust browser security settings. Use settings that block potentially harmful resources, such as pop-up windows.
  • Remember to log out. When using public RCC computers and laptops make sure you are signed-out from all websites that you visit (WebAdvisor/Self-Service, Moodle etc). It is also advised not to save any files especially personal files on public computers.
  • Check the email address. Before you open any email, check the email address and make sure you know who sent the email. 
  • Think twice before clicking on links in emails. Messages can often contain links to copycats of well-known websites that ask you to provide various information, including credit card numbers or passwords.
  • Be careful what you download. Dowloads can contain harmful content filled with malware. This principle applies to email attachments too.

Identity Theft

Identity (ID) theft happens when someone steals your personal information to commit fraud. Your information may be used to apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services. RCC is committed to educating our students, faculty, and staff on the threat of identity theft.

RCC Identity Theft Program