Protect Your Computer, Your Data and Yourself

Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Identify Email Scams (Phishing, Spoofing, etc.)

Recently, 26 UNCW email accounts were compromised when individuals followed links in a phishing scam. These compromised accounts then sent 11,420 SPAM messages to off-campus email addresses over the course of 14 days. Such activity can negatively affect UNCW's email reputation and cause our email to be perceived as SPAM.

Help keep yourself and UNCW's reputation safe - Don't fall prey to these scams.
Signs of a fraudulent email include:

  • Numerous spelling errors or typos
  • A generic greeting instead of the email being addressed to you
  • Unknown or unfamiliar email addresses
  • Requests for confidential information
  • Receiving "system undeliverable" messages from an unknown email address

View more info on identifying email scams here.


Stay Safe on FACEBOOK (& other sites) 

  • Don't post your full name, Social Security number, address, phone number, or bank and credit card account numbers.
  • Be cautious about posting information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline, such as your work schedule.
  • Note: What you post online stays online - forever. Think twice before posting pictures you wouldn't want your relatives or current/future employers to see.
  • Limit your social network to "real" friends: people you know, trust and want to keep up-to-date about your activities.

Check out our tutorials & videos here.


Practice Healthy Computing Habits

Did you know that UNCW has over 16,000 computer system firewalls? You are all our "Human Firewalls," our first line of defense against cyber threats and PC
maladies. When you practice healthy computing habits you greatly reduce the risk of your computer contracting viruses and malware. Please assist us in our efforts to protect your sensitive information by practicing the following healthy habits:

  • Avoid clicking on banner advertisements while browsing the Internet.
  • Keep your computer up to date with the latest security and antivirus updates, and routinely scan your computer  for viruses, malware and system
  • Use complex passwords and pass phrases; change them frequently.
  • Don't "Cyber Typecast" yourself by using the same user name for all of your accounts.
  • Avoid putting too much personal information on social networking sites.
  • Avoid becoming a victim of social engineering/phishing attacks. If it looks "Phishy," delete it. (See "Identify Email Scams" above.)
  • Avoid loading your computers with Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing applications. Remember that there is no such thing as FREE copyrighted materials such as music, videos, games, etc. (See "Illegal File Sharing" below.)
  • Always make wise computing decisions. When in doubt, don't do it.


Illegal File Sharing and Downloading at UNCW

Illegally sharing and/or downloading copyrighted music, videos and film is a violation
of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and of UNCW policy.

Please be aware that having a file sharing application on your computer (whether you downloaded it from on or off campus) may make you susceptible to a copyright
infringement violation, as the application may be running in the background.

For more info, including legal alternatives, view the RIAA site here.


View more details on safe computing at our ITS Be Safe website.