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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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Anthem-related Email Scams

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The university has been alerted to several scams related to the recent cyber attacks against the medical insurance provider Anthem. Continue reading

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Phishing Attempts Targeting Direct Deposits

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Various universities have reported an increase in the number of attempts to access employee account information by individuals masquerading, in an email or other communication, as representatives of the university’s human resources or employee benefits department. The attackers’ goal is … Continue reading

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Recognizing Malicious Pop-Up Windows

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Some users have reported encountering pop-up windows similar to those below while online. Note that this is not limited to browsing while on the USC networks. This may occur through any connection to the Internet, including home and public wireless … Continue reading

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Staying Safe Online for Consumers

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The booklet below, ​prepared by the ITS Information Security Office, contains important safety tips for browsing and shopping online. Staying Safe Online For Consumers [PDF]

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Safer Web Browsing

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When browsing the Internet, it’s not always possible to tell where a link will take you before you click it. You may land on a page with the latest current events or a site filled with ads for questionable products … Continue reading

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Know Who Is Tracking You as You Browse the Web

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Many of today’s websites include mechanisms that monitor your online activities. These can include anything from cookies that maintain your site preferences to embedded tracking programs that send your browsing information to online marketing companies. However, it is possible to … Continue reading

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ITS Observes National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Throughout the month, ITS will publish a series of security tips, best practices, and other educational materials designed to help you be more secure online both at USC and in other areas of … Continue reading

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