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Clearing Up Misconceptions About What Makes a Strong Password

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Many people think they are creating strong passwords, when in reality they are making it relatively easy for hackers to infiltrate their accounts. Ensure that your password is as secure as possible by avoiding these common misconceptions: “Replacing letters or … Continue reading

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What Is Spyware?

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What is spyware? Spyware is loosely defined as a type of malicious software, also known as malware, that runs in the background of a computer, collecting private information and transmitting it to a third party without the user’s knowledge. How does spyware … Continue reading

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Security Recommendation: Lock Your Computer Screen

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Installing antivirus software and creating strong passwords are vital practices that will help keep your information secure. But even if you take these steps, you may be putting your information at risk without even realizing it. The easiest way to access … Continue reading

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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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