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Identifying Phishing (and spooky stories)

Andy Cummings & Renee Stone

October 29, 2020

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While Halloween is scary, cyberattacks can be even more frightening. Ransomware locks your computer and demands a payment to unlock it. Your best defense against this is to keep your operating system updated with current (more…)

Patching Every Device in The Household

Nate Howe

October 29, 2020

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Preventive maintenance is important in many areas of life. Doctors recommend exercise, good diet, proper sleep, and an annual physical exam to ensure that people remain healthy. If you own an automobile, you know that oil (more…)

Smarter Password Management

Matt Willoughby

October 12, 2020

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Recent studies show that the average person has 70-80 online accounts. It seems almost impossible to remember unique passwords for every single account. Unfortunately, this often leads us to re-use a handful of our most memorable (more…)

Staying Safe During Online Education

Chris Giles

October 2, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way students achieve their education. As more students are now studying online than ever before, living rooms, bedrooms, and patios are the new classroom. Families have rapidly added computing (more…)

ISO Conversation – Job Scams Explained

Andy Cummings

September 10, 2020

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Students are receiving emails asking them to apply for a job that they can perform a few hours per week from home. These emails appear to come from a well-known corporation, someone claiming they’re a professor, etc. The work itself (more…)

Awareness Training Enhancement Notes

Nate Howe

May 5, 2020

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Criminals continue to target universities to steal valuable research data, personal information and financial resources. Many attacks target people, rather than computers. Your commitment to service and willingness to trust (more…)

Cyber Commuting 101: Tips and Checklist

Nate Howe

March 13, 2020

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According to CNBC, over 70% of the US population now performs some remote work regularly. While we all love the idea of working in our pajamas, working from home poses some unique challenges to productivity (more…)

Online Shopping 101: How to be Safe

Student Blog: Uday Matta

January 29, 2020

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Be it for a birthday, graduation, holidays, or pretty much any special occasion, people are always on the mission to find the right gifts for their loved ones. In the olden days, we would have to jump in the car and drive (more…)

Social Engineering: The People Hackers

Student Blog: Yusra Nadeem

January 15, 2020

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Social engineering uses a human’s helpful nature against them to access personal data and gain entry into secure systems, such as bank accounts. Social engineering can take many forms, from an urgent company email to (more…)

Phishing Explained – Vishing and Smishing

Student Blog: Leeann Swiggett

January 14, 2020

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There are many ways people can try to scam you. One of the most common and popular tactics is phishing. There are several forms of phishing, including whaling, spear-phishing, search engine fishing, etc. Just like these (more…)

6 Steps to Stay Secure Online

Student Blog: Nikita Adhikari

January 14, 2020

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The Internet is a very dangerous place nowadays. Long ago, security was only the responsibility of IT department. They also believed that as long as there was a right firewall, antivirus packages, and encryption, we would all be safe (more…)

BYOD – Can it hurt or help you?

Student Blog: Dalena Quach

January 14, 2020

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Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to the trend of students using personal devices, such as smartphones, personal computers, tablets, or USB drives, to connect to the school’s networks and access tools, such as (more…)

MFA: What Is It and How Does It Help?

Student Blog: Trinity Vincent

January 13, 2020

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Over the past decade, “MFA” has become something of a buzzword when it comes to privacy. However, you may be left wondering what exactly this is why you should care about it. To start off, the acronym MFA stands for (more…)

7 Simple Steps to Protect Sensitive Data

Silas Vieira

July 10, 2019

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At UTD, you will likely have access to valuable information while you perform your assignments. You are trusted to maintain your professionalism, follow procedures and ask questions when you are unsure how (more…)

Box 101 – Free data storage

Silas Vieira

June 6, 2019

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Box.com allows you to keep your files in one place so you can access them anywhere from any device online or through the Box app. UTD provides Box accounts to anyone with an active UTD NetID; Box offers you 1TB of free cloud storage. (more…)

6 Steps to Secure Your Mobile Phone

Silas Vieira

June 6, 2019

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Mobile devices such as phones and tablets are easy to lose and often targeted for theft. They contain very personal information such as contacts, phone numbers, emails, and sometimes sensitive University data. The following best (more…)

Don’t get Hooked by Phishing Scams

Silas Vieira

June 6, 2019

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If you need to report a scam or suspect you have been phished, please contact the Information Security Office by filling out a contact form or by submitting an email to [email protected]. Please preserve the original (more…)

Why do I have to deal with passwords?

Silas Vieira

June 6, 2019

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Passwords have been a thing of nightmares ever since they were invented. We have all been through it – you have to create a new login somewhere, you think of a neat username, you create a super complex password and (more…)