There are many changes to student life that have taken place over the years, and especially in recent years. For the students that choose to uproot their lives outside of their studies and literally move on (or near) campus, this is especially true. Over the years, every single change that has come to the helm has played an important role in progressing the student experience into its next evolution. One of the biggest transformations over the years across university campuses around the globe is privacy and security. Here at the University of Minnesota, that is as true as it is anywhere else in the world.
From the way that students get to and from campus to the software and other security measures they use to protect themselves in real time and online, the point always remains the same. That point is that protective measures like self monitored security systems and anti-malware for devices (to name a few of the many options out there today) are becoming more and more important and more and more advanced and enhanced all the time. I have noticed the difference continue to evolve and shift on campus here too. It continues to get better and better all the time.
Making personal security a priority
Think of the issue of personal security, for instance. The more time that we all spend on our devices, the more personal and otherwise sensitive data we send out into the virtual landscape that is the worldwide web. So, it stands to reason that we are becoming more and more susceptible to the various threats and risks associated with doing so. In this way, we must all take accountability for our privacy and security online. At university campuses, they must offer privacy and security solutions. The University of Minnesota does exactly this and more.
Encouraging home security for students
Anyone who has ever lived on (or, again, near) a university campus knows that you should always have your wits about you. This is just an unfortunate reality in any environment that gets mass foot traffic at any given time. My university encourages the buddy system and makes a point to keep us up to date with the latest resources to shift the perspective and ensure that we are all taking care of ourselves and of one another. For this reason (and so many others), home security and cybersecurity for students living on campus is more important than it has ever been - and it continues to become more important all the time.
Putting in the work to protect us always
At the end of the day, anyone who has ever been a university student knows that you become all the more aware of the privacy and security threats that you face by frequenting an area that is utilised constantly. Trust me, it makes a world of difference to be a part of a university that actively and consistently cares about its students and that is willing and able to do the work however and whenever necessary. This is just one reason that I will always cherish and always be thankful to the University of Minnesota.