3 Common Tax Scams and How to Avoid Them

Posted on: February 18, 2018 | By: Elizabeth Kirkhorn | Filed under: Info Security, Online Safety Tips
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While you may think that you’re not at risk, if you possess a phone, an email address, or receive mail, you too could fall victim to a tax scam. Today, we’ll share a few ways you can detect common phishing schemes and keep your personal information safe this tax season.

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5 Tips for Blocking Hacker Attacks This Cyber Monday

Posted on: November 21, 2017 | By: Christina Bonds | Filed under: Info Security, Online Safety Tips
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Scammers often use social media, email, and text messages to trick you into giving away your personal information by getting you to click on links disguised as sales. Usually the links appear to come from a legitimate source, however clicking on them takes you to a malicious, but real-looking, page asking for your personal information. Today, we’ll share a few ways you can spot shopping scams and keep your personal information safe.

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Takeaways from National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2017

Posted on: October 26, 2017 | By: Amanda Lenz | Filed under: Info Security, Online Safety Tips
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Every October, businesses, organizations, and individuals from around the work come together and participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) to promote online safety and cyber security awareness. This month, Elon’s Office of Information Technology has worked together to help make online safety approachable and accessible with weekly cyber security articles and quick tips for staying safe online.

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Securing smart devices and protecting personal information

Posted on: October 19, 2017 | By: Amanda Lenz | Filed under: Devices, Info Security
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We live in a world of smart cities, connected devices, and digitized records. Smart devices allow us stay connected and updated on what is happening around the world, and help us keep up with our fast-paced lives. Although smart devices are immensely useful, they are fueled by our personal information, which can be dangerous. By …

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Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity in the Workplace

Posted on: October 10, 2017 | By: Amanda Lenz | Filed under: Info Security
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Data breaches are increasing every year and hackers are getting more advanced as security systems improve. Because of this, there are many ways for hackers to steal data in the workplace including when you share information online over an unsecure WiFi network or leave your computer unlocked. Fortunately, there are many ways for you, as …

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Cybersecurity 101: 5 Quick Tips For Staying Safe Online

Posted on: October 3, 2017 | By: Amanda Lenz | Filed under: Tech Tips, Info Security

To kick off National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we’re sharing five simple tips for keeping your personal information safe from cyber attacks. While you may feel that you’re not at risk for a cyber attack, keep in mind that over 1.9 billion data records have been hacked during global cyber attacks in just the first half of 2017. It’s even possible that your information has been hacked without your knowledge.

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NCSAM 2017: Cyber security is our shared responsibility

Posted on: September 29, 2017 | By: Amanda Lenz | Filed under: Info Security, Online Safety Tips

This October marks the 13th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)!  Since its creation in 2004, NCSAM has been a respected source of cybersecurity tips and information for staying secure online.

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Keeping your data secure when using cloud services

Posted on: September 8, 2017 | By: Christina Bonds | Filed under: Data & Identity, Info Security

If you’ve ever streamed a show on Netflix or Philo instead of watching a physical DVD or VHS, you’ve used a cloud service. The ability to access data from virtually anywhere and from any device is made possible by the use of cloud services. Thanks to cloud services, data can live on one or more servers, often called “the cloud,” instead of residing on just one device (like a computer, phone, hard drive or DVD).

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Hurricane Harvey disaster relief scams

Posted on: August 28, 2017 | By: Christina Bonds | Filed under: Tech Tips, Info Security

While Hurricane Harvey has slowly begun to subside, the storm’s destructive effects will continue to be felt across Texas and surrounding areas for years to come. Unfortunately, when natural disasters strike, malicious cyber scammers consider this a prime time to capitalize on those wanting to help disaster victims. Donating money to disaster relief charities and …

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What is malware?

Posted on: June 22, 2017 | By: Christina Bonds | Filed under: Devices, Info Security

Malware is software used to perform malicious actions.  You may have recently heard about one type of malware called ransomware during the WannaCry attack.  Read an in-depth analysis of WannaCry.  There are several actions you can take to help protect against malware attacks.  One action is thinking before clicking on attachments or links in unsolicited …

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