Cyber criminals come out with new attacks all the time and the best defense against them is education and vigilance. Please pay close attention when you see emails that refer to account upgrades, webmail, help desk mandates, or the like. These are SPAM and a form of email phishing that targets specific user communities. Spammers use public information to lure unsuspecting recipients to sites requesting NetIDs and passwords, or to sites that install malware on computers that may in turn steal local information from the computer.
Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust is the theme for Data Privacy Day (DPD), an international effort held annually on January 28 to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.
Help your family, friends and community be #PrivacyAware. Use the following research-based privacy tips to get the conversation started.
Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.
Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value ‒ just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it's collected through apps and websites.
Keep a clean machine.
Keep all software, operating systems (mobile and PC) and apps up to date to protect against data loss from infections and malware.
Check your privacy settings.
Want to view or change your privacy/security settings, but don't know where to find them? Click here for an easy to use resource with direct links to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.
What you post can last a lifetime.
Before posting online think about how it might be perceived now and in the future and who might see it.
Own your online presence.
Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information.
Be aware of what’s being shared.
Be aware that when you share a post, picture or video online, you may also be revealing information about others.
Post only about others as you have them post about you.
The golden rule applies online as well. Be thoughtful when and how you share information with others.
Think before you act.
Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.
Get two steps ahead.
Switch on two-step verification or multi-factor authentication wherever offered to prevent unauthorized access.
Information Security Awareness and Training
Learn how to create an effective password/passphrase to help keep your accounts secure.
Find out more about Passwords, Antivirus, Firewalls and Updates that will help keep your computer and devices secure.
Smart Online Behavior
Learn how to detect email phishing attacks and learn tips about safely browsing the internet.
Learn more about keeping your apps secure as well as tips on recovering your devide if it is lost or stolen.
2015 Cyber Security Awareness Videos
Past Cyber Security Events
Browse our image gallery of past cyber security events to see how we are spreading awareness around campus on the importance of cyber security.