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Less Phishing & Spam with Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

EKU IT is pleased to announce that we will be enabling Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) on our Microsoft systems soon.  In addition to other protections already in place, ATP helps protect the EKU community from malicious attacks by providing better spam and malware protection for email, SharePoint Online, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams.

Workplace Security

Workstations in the workplace are sometimes easy targets for criminal activity.  Whenever a laptop or mobile device is lost or stolen, the data on that device has also been stolen and if proprietary EKU data is lost or compromised, the resulting damage can be much greater than the cost of replacing the equipment.  Some tips:

Technology Travel Tips

When traveling, electronics security is very important. Some tips:

Mobile Device Security Tips

Like most people, you've probably accumulated a lot of personal information on your mobile device.  The valuable data makes these devices a target for thieves and cybercriminals.  These tips are especially important if university data is on the mobile device:

Use a Secure Internet Connection

Use secure networks, such as your cellular carrier network, EKU_SECURE, or a wire connection.

On Campus

Use a wired connection when practical.  Wired connections to the internet from on-campus computers, including lab computers, use the university's secure network.  These are always recommended on-campus for Blackboard (e.g., taking tests and quizzes) and confidential university work (e.g., financial information).

Phishing and Suspicious Email

Criminals use malicious email and websites to try to trick you into revealing your password or other sensitive information or to infect your computer with malware.  Phishing emails often use urgent language, asks for personal information, and has grammatical, typographical, or other obvious errors. 

Learn to Spot Phishes

Quick Tip: Check Links Before Clicking

Check the full URL to see if it goes where you expect.

Copyright Compliance

EKU encourages all students, faculty, and staff to engage in safe and legally compliant sharing of copyrighted materials. Downloading or sharing copyrighted materials (such as music and videos) can be illegal if done without the permission of the copyright owner whether you profit from it or not.

Password Security Checklist

Change Your Password if it is at Risk

If your password is at risk, you may need to change it more often.  Ask yourself the questions below to see if you need to change your password now.  Balance your answers with the need to have a password that you can remember without having to write it down.  If you have a strong, secure password that is easy for you to remember and you can use it with care, you may not need to change it as often as someone whose password is more vulnerable. 

Compromised Accounts

A compromised EKU account is one accessed by a person not authorized to use the account.  Criminals and hackers target EKU users to gain:

Viruses & Malware

Viruses and malware is software designed to gain access to your computer.  There are many forms including spyware that records your activity and sends to a hacker; viruses that damage and delete your files; and ransomware that locks your computer and files until you pay money (usually in the form of bitcoins) to recover the system—if you’re lucky.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a crime where the criminal uses personally identifying information such as a credit card number or Social Security number to assume someone else’s identity to commit fraud or other crimes.  Often the victim is left with bills for items not purchased, poor credit records, and sometimes arrests for crimes committed by someone else.  It can take months of work and thousands of dollars to repair the damage caused

Social Media Security

Social media is here to stay—we connect with family and friends, brands, industry leaders, politicians, and even celebrities.  But social networks make it easy for criminals to find out information about you and even infect your computer with viruses and malware.

Cyberbullying

We have all seen bullying in real life.  But bullying can happen online too.  Electronic or cyberbullying is when harm is inflicted through electronic media (e.g., text messages, cell phone pictures & videos, email, chat rooms, etc.) to threaten, harass, embarrass, socially exclude, or damage reputations and friendships.

Social Engineering

Social engineering is the art of manipulating people into giving up confidential information or access to restricted areas. Their attacks can come through emails, text messages, over the phone, via social media, in person, and more.  Someone launching a social engineering attack won’t ask one person for the entire information they need.  Instead, they will gather a lot of seemingly harmless information from many sources and use it to look legitimate.

Physical Security

Ensure the physical security of your electronics will keep your private information and sensitive data out of danger.

Apps and Software Security

Apps and software are what run on our PCs, phones, and other mobile devices.  They allow us to do our work, complete school assignments, access entertainment and connect with the world.  They are also easy ways for criminals to gain access to your devices and the information stored on them.

Protect Your Privacy

Your personal information is as valuable as money.  As such, you should value and protect it.  Your PCs and other devices connect to the world but are loaded with personal information about you—contact, photos, videos, locations, financial data, etc.

Browser Security

Web browser default settings are secure but you can do more to protect your privacy and enhance security. 

Network Security

Most devices today need an internet connection to be useful but anyone can set up a free Wi-Fi network and fool you into handing over your personal data.

Best Practices

Know or verify who owns Wi-Fi or wired networks before you connect

Phishing Basics

Phishing is when a hacker tricks you into handing over your personal information like credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, social security numbers, etc.  Commonly they use “spoofed” emails, fraudulent websites, phone service calls, or phony text messages to full you.  Phishing is a type of

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