Securing USU's confidential data is increasingly important. Regulations, fines, legal liability and the trust of our students and employees all demand our best efforts to protect confidential data.
Internet Skeptic Blog
May 7, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
"Work-at-home" and "Mystery Shopper" spam messages can be looking for Money Mules to transfer money for on-line criminals.
Mar 3, 2015
The Federal Trade Commission just posted the Top Ten email and phone scams. They include "Fake IRS, Prize Patrol, Computer Support, Malware alert, Fake FBI, Ransomware, unexpected Government Grant, Medicare account problem, Deportation threat, spoofed Caller ID."
Feb 9, 2015
The recent unintended sharing of some SSNs at USU is a reminder that we all need to know what Private Sensitive Information (PSI) we have and use on the job, and how best to protect it.
When hackers get into a well known system and obtain passwords, they often get enough information to try some of those same passwords on other systems. You can thwart them and protect yourself, by using different passwords for different purposes.
Jun 11, 2014
If you are already worried about theft of your banking, tax and other financial info, add to the list what the bad guys could do to your medical records if they impersonate you for medical treatment and payments!
Jun 10, 2014
"Cryptowall" is a malicious program that will encrypt all of your files and SELL you the decryption key. It is being deployed in "spear phish" messages with zipped or executable attachments, or even links to shared files. The email often claims to be an unexpected FAX or UPS delivery notification.
When phishers get bored with the "exceeded quota" message, they may try a "did you just login from Pakistan?" message to get you to enter your password on their fake login page.
Apr 15, 2014
Our OWA login page has a little reminder to help you get in the habit of checking the web address so you aren't fooled by a hoax site.
Well, no, but sort of.