Author Archives: Christina Bonds

Christina Bonds is an Application Developer in the Web Technology department at Elon University.

Parking ticket phishing email

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A new phishing email is appearing in inboxes, urging users to pay a parking ticket.  Below is an example of the email with suspicious areas highlighted. Example of a recent parking fine phishing email Suspicious areas 1. From name and email The from name is generic and does not identify a particular police department.  The from email does not …

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Hello spring, goodbye digital clutter

Digital Spring Cleaning

Just as our lives can get cluttered with physical stuff, our digital lives can also benefit from some spring cleaning. Use the tips below to help clear your devices and make sure you are still using secure online practices. TIP #1 – Remove unused apps “Clean” your mobile devices by deleting unused apps. Not only do they …

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Constantly connected: From cars to refrigerators

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  Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) wants us to think about our continuously connected lives and the role cyber security plays in making sure these connections are secure.  Consider the number of devices that can connect to the Internet through Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks.  Gadgets like smartphones, smart TVs and even …

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Cybercrime prevention tips

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Welcome to week 3 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)!  This week seeks to highlight how to recognize and combat cybercrime.  Online crime has become a growing issue in our always-connected world, but there are steps we can take to help prevent ourselves from becoming victims of cybercrime. 1. Review account statements regularly Reviewing bank, credit, …

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Cyber security in the workplace

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Welcome to week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and its focus on creating a cyber security culture in the workplace. Both private and public sector organizations should realize their employees need to be constantly thinking about cyber security as they log into online systems, perform simple tasks like checking emails, and as they …

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3 basic online safety tips

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Week 1 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) focuses on the basic steps to online safety and security.  All digital citizens should be aware and understand good cybersecurity practices to protect against identity theft and scams.  Here are three simple tips. 1. Close pop-up windows safely Pop-up windows can suddenly appear as you are surfing the …

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Online privacy tips

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January 28th is Data Privacy Day (DPD).  Coordinated by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), it is a day set aside to promote the importance of online privacy and protecting personal information.  The theme for DPD is “Respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust.”  Celebrate DPD by reading the tips below for protecting online privacy. Only reveal …

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Look out for new phishing emails targeting faculty

No Phishing Sign

There has been a rise in phishing emails targeted to universities. Please be aware of the latest scam where the link in the email seems to take you the Outlook Web Access (OWA) login page seeking to collect your username and password. Read all of your emails carefully before clicking on any links or opening attachments. Sample email Here …

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NCSAM Week 1: Becoming cyber-aware

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This October marks the 12th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). During the month, both private and public sectors, as well as communities, will celebrate NCSAM by sharing tips, advice, resources, and best practices for staying safe while connected. We live in a connected world and need to know how to stay safe …

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Cyber security: our shared responsibility

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  All month consumers, businesses, colleges and universities, corporations, and the government will be working together to promote awareness and share online safety tips.  Increasing the awareness and education about cyber security helps to explain the risks when online.  The Department of Homeland Security has an ongoing campaign called …

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