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May 5 is World Password Day

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The first Thursday of every May is World Password Day, when users are encouraged to brush up on their password security practices. Read on for some useful password tips.

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Phishing email and support call warning (February 11)

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Many users have reported receiving phish emails and customer support calls over the past several days. Phish support calls Some staff members have reported receiving a phone call from a person claiming to be from ITS and asking them to … Continue reading

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Phishing Warning 2016-02-10

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Many users have reported receiving the following phish. If you have received the phish, do not click the link or reply to the message. If you have replied, followed the link, or supplied login information, change your USC password as … Continue reading

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Recent Security Updates

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Microsoft recently released six critical updates for Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Edge, Silverlight, Exchange, and more. These updates correct vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution and memory corruption, as well as allow malicious users to bypass Windows security features. Continue reading

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New Phishing Warning (November 13)

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Many users have reported receiving the following phish. If you have received the phish, do not click the link or reply to the message. If you have replied, followed the link, or supplied login information, change your USC password as … Continue reading

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Phishing Warning 2015-11-02

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Many users have reported receiving the following phish. If you have received the phish, do not click the link or reply to the message. If you have replied, followed the link, or supplied login information, change your USC password as … Continue reading

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Choosing Secure Passwords through Poetry

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Users and security researchers have long struggled with the problem of coming up with passwords that are both easy to remember and difficult to crack. Two computational linguists from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have come up with a unique … Continue reading

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Yes, You Do Need Antivirus for Your Mac

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Are you a person who thinks that Macs don’t get viruses, so you don’t need to worry about installing antivirus software on your computer? If so, you should realize that malware for the Mac is on the rise thanks to … Continue reading

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ITS to Host Cyber Security Summit

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In support of NCSAM, ITS will host a Cyber Security Summit for USC faculty, staff, and students on Friday, October 30. The summit will include presentations on important topics such as the security threat … Continue reading

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Back to School Security Reminders

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Classes may have only just begun but it’s not too early to think about information security. Below are a few tips for keeping your accounts and devices safe. Set Strong Passwords The longer your password, the more secure it is against … Continue reading

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