June 26, 2019

Blocking internet traffic from specific network channels improves online safety

Early in 2018, monitoring reports of the UW network showed a troubling trend — more and more malicious entities were trying to attack the UW network and numbers pointed to a staggering increase in attempts to spread malware on the network and compromise systems. A year-long project by UW Information Technology to implement critical UW…

June 24, 2019

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 23, 2019

Before you leave for summer, set up your UW NetID recovery options

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Every year, more than 5,000 calls come in requesting help to reset a UW NetID password. You don’t have to be one of them. Add your mobile number and email address, so if you forget your password or get locked out, you can regain access to your UW NetID. The options allow you to recover…

May 21, 2019

Learn smart computing with updated Security 101 online training

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Find out about risks and your responsibilities in handling and securing UW data with the newly updated 21-minute training module, now with more accessibility features. Learn about threats and risks to data you access, transmit or store, and how to make sure that data is protected, whether on a desktop, laptop, mobile or portable storage…

April 24, 2019

Is your computer vulnerable? Download anti-virus software now

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Protect your work and home computers with Sophos Home Premium anti-virus software, available at no cost to students, faculty and staff. Thanks to a new licensing agreement, the Sophos anti-virus software is available for not only University-owned computers and their personal computers, but you can now get the same protection for your personal computers too….

March 28, 2019

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

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March 31 is World Backup Day. 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 software…

March 11, 2019

Watch out for “Are you available?” email scam

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Don’t fall for the email scam that appears to come from a UW employee, asks if you’re available, for your phone number and to buy gift cards. The scammer may try to reach you via email or text message, if you have provided a cell phone number. Visit the Phishing Examples page to view one…

February 25, 2019

Grade submission will require 2FA starting winter quarter 2019

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You will need to use Duo, the UW’s two-factor authentication (2FA), to sign in and submit grades using GradePage, the UW’s online grade submission tool. First sign in with your UW NetID and enter your password, then verify it’s really you with Duo. 2FA prevents others from signing in as you, even if they know…

February 22, 2019

Recent increase in spam at the UW

Learn how UW is fighting the recent tide of spam and find out how you can decrease unwanted email messages using the spam filter in your email service. Most email going to and from the UW is scanned by programs that identify messages that carry viruses and rate the likelihood that a message is junk mail or spam. But you can also filter out spam through your email service. Also ask your local departmental IT support, who can offer advice tailored to your local IT environment.

January 31, 2019

Learn how to prevent identity theft and what to do if you are a victim

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Having your identity stolen can be intrusive, alarming, and have lasting effects on your finances, medical records, and reputation. Learn what you can do to prevent identity theft and what to do if you become a victim in this helpful guide.

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