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Photo: Monkey Business Images (Shutterstock) Cyberattacks are a huge risk, and they’re on the rise. College students—especially those who are away from home, bringing their devices to class, or frequently connecting to public wifi—may be particularly vulnerable to hacks and cybercrime. Here’s how they can avoid becoming a victim of a cyberattack. Use strong passwords The simplest cybersecurity practices can be the most effective. Strong passwords utilize length and complexity to become extremely hard to guess. You can do this by combining lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters. This xkcd comic offers a great starting point for creating unique, strong passwords that are easily (or at least more easily) remembered. Building on that, we have a guide for creating memorable passwords that aren’t a hassle to type out. Even if your passwords aren’t memorable, that’s OK; you can—and should—use a password manager to help you keep track of them . Take advantage of two-factor authentication Even with a strong password, you’re still at risk because hackers might acquire your password and username if you have an account with a company that suffers a breach. Passwords can also be exposed when you log into an account using an insecure network, like the wifi at a local coffee shop. Because schools don’t always invest in securing their networks, you may be at risk even if you connect to the web using the college’s wifi or a university VPN. And multiple accounts may be in danger if hackers can steal […]