July 2017 Security: What to do when you’ve been hacked

Face it: Hackers Gonna Hack. Compromised accounts happen. Quick identification and response can reduce the harm done to your accounts and your personal information. Educause has come up with some remediation steps for you to follow. First, how can you tell if you’ve been hacked or scammed in the first place? Clever hackers… Continue reading »

June 2017: Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security

The National Cyber Security Alliance has recommendations to help protect yourself online. Among the most important, set up 2-factor authentication on your accounts (available for Williams Google) and use a good passcode or bio lock on your smartphones and tablets. Read the full message for more tips.  … Continue reading »

WannaCry malware (ransomware) warning

You have likely heard about a new form of cyberattack which utilizes a threat called ransomware.  The WannaCry/WanaCrypto 2.0 worm is exploiting Windows 7 computers which have not installed a Microsoft patch that was released in March.   When the virus acts… Continue reading »

Fix for Google Doc scam

Good news.  Google has been cleaning up compromised accounts by revoking the privileges of the fake doc that was sent around earlier today. So if you fell for the Google doc scam (meaning you tried to open the doc and then clicked ALLOW) then you are likely ok now.  To… Continue reading »

April EDUCAUSE security post: Protect your identity!

According to the US Department of Justice, more than 17 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2014. EDUCAUSE research shows 21% of college students have had an online account hacked, and 14% have had a computer, tablet, or smartphone stolen. The following tips can help you prevent identity… Continue reading »

Security Post: Technology tips when travelling

Spring break is a common time to travel. Bringing your smartphone or laptop carries some risks. These devices store a lot of information – email, contacts, photos, videos and other personal and financial data – about ourselves and our friends and family. Following are some tips to reduce your risk. Continue reading »

January Security Post: Keep What’s Private, Private

You exist in digital form all over the Internet. Guard your privacy, not just to avoid embarrassment but also to protect your reputation and finances. Following are specific steps you can take to protect your online information, identity, and privacy. Turn on 2-step verification: A second authentication protects… Continue reading »

December security post: Managing your online reputation

Social media sites help you stay connected both personally and professionally, but the information you share can provide fodder for phishing attacks, identity theft, or allow people to make negative assumptions about you. Please check a sites privacy and security settings to manage your online public presence.   The most… Continue reading »

Cybersecurity month tip #2: Using 2 factor authentication

Your password can be exposed through a number of methods like phishing, a compromised computer or website, a rogue WiFI setup or a breached service. Fortunately we have a system available that can prevent anyone from accessing your Williams google account even if they know your password. Two-factor authentication (also… Continue reading »

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