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Information Security staff Tessa Gonzalez, Gabe Marshall, Paula Mears and Chris Williams.By Paula Mears, security analyst, Information Security        

The internet connects us with a vast amount of resources, knowledge and people. Along with those shared connections, there is a shared responsibility to keep ourselves, our online communities and our information safe. 

Cyber criminals are always with us, but they are especially sneaky during the busy, end-of-semester period and the winter shopping season when the hurry of the holidays can distract even the most vigilant internet user at work or at home.

The Information Security team has created a security web page that focuses on different aspects of staying secure online.  The site, launched in October for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, has articles, videos and tips to help keep workplace and personal computers secure.

Topics include:

  • Phishing – Phishing is an attempt to obtain personal, financial or sensitive information from a user. UNT and personal email addresses may receive suspicious messages that are phishing attempts. Learn how to recognize phishing and how to respond.
  • Passwords –  Keep them private and safe.  When it’s time to change your UNT password, make a note to review your personal accounts, too. Learn more about password safety.
  • Mobile phone security –  Find tips for protecting personal information.
  • Computer safety – UNT uses an anti-virus software to help thwart hackers. Learn how to protect your data.
  • Safe social networking – Much of the world can access your social networking sites. Learn how to protect your privacy

The UNT System Information Security Team offers training for faculty and staff, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions on the department’s website:

Enter to win a mobile phone holder and Information Security picnic blanket by sending an email to InHouse with “Security Awareness” in the subject line by 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Winners are randomly selected from all responses.

Learn more about cyber security:

 Above, from left, Information Security staff Tessa Gonzalez, Gabe Marshall, Paula Mears and Chris Williams.

 (Photo by Michael Clements)

Posted on: Thu 06 December 2012

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