West Virginia University participating in cybersecurity awareness month

West Virginia University participating in cybersecurity awareness month

With data security becoming an increasing issue among internet users, West Virginia University's Office of Information Security is raising data protection awareness amid National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The university hopes to educate students and faculty on the dangers involving cybersecurity and how individuals can safeguard their identity online. Events will focus on teaching students to better protect themselves against data theft while using social networking sites, according to the Daily Athenaeum.

"That's the single biggest issue we face from a security standpoint on campus," said Bob Meyers, educational programmer for the Office of Information Security, according to the news source.

The public institution of nearly 30,000 students also warns against security risks when using smartphone applications, adding that most Android and iOS apps store usernames and passwords with no encryption.

A recent survey found that more than 90 percent of internet users fail to review a website's policy before using it, while 65 percent of users do not set high security settings on social media sites. Adding to the dangers of careless privacy settings, 40 percent of respondents said they share their home address on social media applications.