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Information Security Awareness

Technology alone can't always protect our computers and information. Awareness of information security issues and best practices is an important tool to help you protect yourself, your family, and the UC community.


Protect Yourself from Tax ScamsImage of tax forms

January 2018

Tax season is coming and scammers soon will be sending fraudulent e-mail messages that look like legitimate tax communications. Don’t become another victim. The IRS estimates that identity thieves have already stolen more than $11 billion through tax fraud since 2012. Be on alert for the following... [More... See the full article]

Data Privacy Day logoData Privacy

January-February 2018

In honor and support of International Data Privacy Day (January 28) and Data Privacy Month (Jan 28-Feb 28)


Article: Data Privacy and You
All of us exist in digital form on the Internet. It is important to ensure that the digital “you” matches what you intend to share. It is also important to keep what’s private, private, for yourself and when you’re sharing about others. Owning your online presence will help to protect your identity, finances, and reputation – both now and in the future! [More... See the full article]

Article: "I have nothing to hide. Why should I care about privacy?"
Three reasons for the university community to care about privacy.
By Lisa Ho and Kenneth Goldberg, UC Berkeley. Feb 2017

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Poster: Do you know where your information is?

Do you know where your information is?

Poster: Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it. and Share with care.

Protect your personal information.
Share with care.

Poster: Once you share it online, you can't take it back. Keep your private info private. Check your privacy settings regularly. Never share your password.

Protect Your Privacy
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Poster: Keep your private information private. Own your online presence..

Own your online presence

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  • “TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY”: UC locations interested in holding a screening of this documentary can email Julie Goldstein,, to arrange to check out a licensed screening copy of the DVD. Please provide ample advance notice for all requests!

    (Also available on Netflix and Amazon Prime for individual viewing.)

  • “NOTHING TO HIDE - The documentary about surveillance and you”: (approx 1 1/2 hrs)

Social Media:
Twitter-ready social media posts from Educause (scroll down to "Social Posts"): Privacy Is Our Shared Responsibility | Keep What's Private, Private | Guard Your Privacy Online

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Three tips to protect yourself from the unexpected

October 2017

You’ve read the headlines. Organizations big and small, including even large retailers and mega companies, are not immune to data breaches and hackers’ increasingly sophisticated schemes.

....To keep your information and the university’s safe, incorporate good cybersecurity habits into your daily routine.

Sometimes, though, you can do everything right and still fall victim. For example, numerous data breaches at well-known companies have affected millions due to no fault of the people impacted. In addition, natural disasters are often followed by a wave of scams, such as phony donation websites.

Practice these three tips to protect yourself from the unexpected...

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Cybersecurity: Make It a Habit!

Good habits are the foundation of cybersecurity just like they are for safety and security in the physical world -- like locking your front door or wearing your seat belt in the car.

Here are eight important cybersecurity habits to incorporate into your online life. Try to make these habits automatic. They will help protect your information, your family and your work. They'll also reduce your risk of getting scammed!

  1. Always think twice before clicking on links or opening attachments.
  2. Verify requests for private information (yours or anyone’s), even if the request seems to come from someone you know.
  3. Protect your passwords.
  4. Protect your stuff! Lock it up or take it with you before you leave.
  5. Keep a clean machine! Keep your devices, apps, browsers, and anti-virus/anti-malware software patched and up to date.
  6. Back up critical files.
  7. Delete sensitive information when you are done with it.
  8. If it’s suspicious, report it!

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July 2017

There has been a lot in the news about ransomware lately. Recent ransomware attacks have caused high-profile business shut downs, including the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s ticketing system, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and the University of Calgary, just to name a few.

Ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting users of all types—from the home user to the corporate network. This article provides some background on what Ransomware is and how to protect yourself.

[More... See the full article]

SANS OUCH Monthly Security Awareness Newsletters

"Each issue focuses on and explains a specific topic and actionable steps people can take to protect themselves, their family and their organization."

SANS Security Awareness Tip of the Day

Each day SANS posts a new tip that focuses on and explains a specific topic and actionable steps people can take to protect themselves, their family and their organization. In addition, each tip is linked to an OUCH! newsletter so you can learn more about the topic, in over 20 languages.

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