University of Southern California

Summer Security Reminders for Students

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Whether you’re taking a few extra courses or spending the summer break off-campus, please bear in mind the following tips for keeping your digital information secure.

Use Virtual Private Networking (VPN) when Accessing the Internet

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is a secure method you can use to access USC’s computer resources even when you are not on campus. VPNs use encryption to ensure that only authorized users can access the network. The USC VPN provides you with a virtual USC IP address you can use to access restricted USC resources from anywhere.

Connecting to unsecure wireless networks could allow others to access your information. Rather than trusting an unsecure network, ITS recommends that you download USC’s VPN software, Cisco AnyConnect and use it when connecting to open or public wireless networks. You can also access the VPN through your browser at vpn.usc.edu.

Stay Alert for Phishing Emails

Phishing schemes are attempts to steal personal information through fraudulent email that looks legitimate. Sometimes, phishes aimed at USC students may appear to be sent from a USC account. Always remember that neither USC nor ITS will ever request that you submit personal information, including passwords, over email.

If you receive an email you suspect might be a phish, learn how to report that email safely to ITS. For more information about how to identify a phish, see Is That Email Really from ITS?

Keep in Touch with the Customer Support Center

Even though you may be away from campus, the ITS Customer Support Center (CSC) will still be happy to assist you. If you have any questions, contact the CSC at 213-740-5555 or consult@usc.edu. During the summer, the CSC is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.

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