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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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Using Social Media Safely: Geotagging

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When many digital cameras and smartphones snap a photo or record video, they append information about that photo or video to the digital file. This information, called exchangeable image file format (Exif) data, can include technical details about the camera … Continue reading

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Using Social Media Safely: Previewing Shortened URLs

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Users of social networking sites and apps often take advantage of URL shortening services, such as tinyURL, Bitly, or goo.gl, to make long, unwieldy website addresses more manageable. While these services can be convenient, they can present a security risk … Continue reading

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Browser Security: Which New Browser is Best?

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What browser are you reading this article on? Internet Explorer? Firefox? Chrome? Have you thought about how secure your browser of choice is? A recent article from Sophos Naked Security outlines the beefed-up security features of the next generation of … Continue reading

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Summer Cyber Security Reading

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Are you looking to read more on how to keep your computer and all of your personal information secure? Here’s a list of some of our favorite sites that cover cybersecurity topics, from a listing of the latest malware threats … Continue reading

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