October 23, 2018

Protect confidential information sent by fax and multifunction machines

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Learn how copy, print and fax devices can be vulnerable to cybercriminals and best practices for protecting them. Multifunction copy, print and fax devices can retain confidential data, personally identifiable information and even protected health information. As these machines are subject to the same data security vulnerabilities as other computing technology, the Office of the…

October 17, 2018

7 easy tips to keep hackers away from your cell phone

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Learn how to configure your phone to protect personal and University data from hackers and cyber threats like malware and spyware. Setting a pin or pass code to unlock your phone is just the start.

October 11, 2018

Top 5 tips to secure your personal data

Top 5 tips to secure data

Your data is valuable, so follow these easy tips to make you more secure online. Download the one-pager from the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer and post it as a regular reminder, or bookmark it online.

October 2, 2018

POSTPONED: Understand the risks and responsibilities of protecting UW data on Oct. 3

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This presentation on security and privacy in the UW Tower Visitors’ Dining Room has been postponed.

October 1, 2018

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Get tips, resources

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Learn how to protect your personal and UW institutional information from online threats with these tips from the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer. Learn safe, secure practices for smart computing, browsing the web, working remotely and accessing the University’s information systems.

September 14, 2018

Is your computer vulnerable? Download anti-virus software now

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Protect your work and home computers with Sophos anti-virus software, available for no cost to students, faculty and staff. Thanks to a licensing agreement between the UW and Sophos, students, faculty and staff can use the anti-virus software on University-owned computers and their personal computers, including PCs, servers and workstations. If your work computer is…

June 25, 2018

Traveling over the holiday? Protect yourself online with these important security tips

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Keep your personal information and University data safe when you travel with a laptop or mobile device by following these simple security tips. Remember to update operating systems, applications and anti-virus software. Don’t use the “remember my password” feature or access personal bank accounts or work accounts from a public computer. Be cautious when using…

May 17, 2018

Detecting fake profiles on online social networks

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A new method that uses machine learning to detect fake users on social networks has been developed by a team of researchers, including postdoctoral research fellow Michael Fire at the UW eScience Institute. The research uses an algorithm to improve the safety of these networks. Watch a video and learn more on the eScience website.

April 23, 2018

New network security enhancements begin April 24, may impact off-campus users

The enhancements will help protect your personal and University data from malicious attacks, but may change how you connect from off-campus. Starting April 24, 2018, you must use a UW secure virtual private network (VPN) to access UW resources from off-campus through a remote desktop or network file-sharing application. Options include the free Husky OnNet service for current students, faculty and staff, or a departmental VPN. Online access to email, Canvas and UW Libraries will not be affected. Not sure what a VPN is or if this applies to you?

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March 30, 2018

Don’t be an April fool! Back up your data and devices

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March 31 is World Back Up Day. Make sure your data and devices are backed up frequently on a secure drive, server or storage. A back up can help you maintain access to your data if your device is lost or stolen, if a hard drive fails, or if a computer system is compromised by…

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