Category: Security & Privacy

March 31, 2021

Help spread awareness of importance of backing up data all year long

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March 31 is World Backup Day, so make sure your data and devices are backed up frequently on a secure drive, server or storage. A backup 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 malicious…

February 19, 2021

Keep forgetting your passwords? Get a password manager

Automatically fill in passwords and safely share passwords with others by using LastPass, a secure browser-based password management tool. Available to UW staff with a valid budget.

February 10, 2021

Sign up for Web App Security 101 course

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Produce safer apps and websites for the UW community in this three–hour class, March 10, 9 a.m.-noon. Designed for UW developers and web professionals. The course is offered through the office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

January 28, 2021

Observe Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28 by expanding use of 2FA

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Opt in to two-factor authentication (2FA) on the web to add a layer of security to your data when you sign in with your UW NetID and password.

January 20, 2021

Beware of phishing emails asking for W-2 information

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Learn how to protect yourself from cybercriminals who try to steal an employee’s login credentials so that they can download Wage and Tax Statements (Form W-2). They then can use the W-2 information to electronically file a fraudulent federal income tax return in the employee’s name. By changing the bank account number, the cybercriminals receive…

January 15, 2021

Dispose of old computers and mobile devices securely with these resources

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Learn how to delete data completely from computers and devices before you surplus or recycle them. Old desktops, laptops, and mobile and portable storage devices may contain UW information, such as personally identifiable information, cached login credentials, or other confidential data that can be compromised if the device is not securely disposed.

January 12, 2021

Protect your UW NetID and W-2 information from phishing attacks

Learn how to protect yourself from cybercriminals who try to steal an employee’s login credentials so that they can download Wage and Tax Statements (Form W-2). They then can use the W-2 information to electronically file a fraudulent federal income tax return in the employee’s name. By changing the bank account number, the cybercriminals receive the refund. Your vigilance and Duo, the UW’s two-factor authentication system, can play a pivotal role in protecting employee data.

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January 6, 2021

Boost data security by opting in to 2FA on the web

You’ve been using two-factor authentication (2FA) at your financial institutions and with Workday to protect your personal data. Now, students, faculty and staff can protect more by opting in to two-factor authentication (2FA) when signing in with their UW NetID on the web.

December 31, 2020

Boot up the year by uploading these 5 tools to your new device

Did you get a new laptop, cell phone or a tablet during the holidays? Start your year off right by uploading these five essential tools via IT Connect:

December 23, 2020

Sign up for Web App Security 101 course

Produce safer apps and websites in a three-hour class for developers and other web professionals on Jan. 6, 9 a.m.-noon. The course is offered through the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

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