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Security Recommendation: Cover Your Webcam

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There’s a reason why Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg and FBI Director James Comey cover up their webcams with tape: webcams are a potential security risk. A hacker can take over your computer’s camera remotely and use it to record your movements … Continue reading

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What Is Malware?

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What is malware? Malware – a contraction of “malicious software” – is just that: hostile software designed to infiltrate a device without the owner’s knowledge, often with damaging effects. Malware can take many forms, including spyware, which monitors your system and steals sensitive … Continue reading

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Summer Security Reminders for Faculty and Staff 

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Faculty and staff, if you will be spending your summer off campus, please keep in mind the following recommendations for protecting your digital privacy. Use Virtual Private Networking (VPN) when Accessing the Internet Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is a secure … Continue reading

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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 … 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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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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