Cybersecurity Awareness

Backing Up Your Data

What is a Backup?

A backup is a second copy (or more) of your digital files and it can protect you from data loss. You can access this backup in the event your device or data become inaccessible, destroyed, or damaged. Data loss can occur in many ways: a computer or hardware crash, a lost or stolen device, data corruption, or malware that encrypts it and holds it for ransom. 

Resurgence of Ransomware in Higher Ed

May 21, 2020

Ransomware is not new; but, it's been popping up more and more in higher ed. Each week brings news of colleges and universities that have fallen victim to ransomware attacks. Some hackers demand payment, while others steal personal data (to sell to identity thieves). Whatever the motives are, school systems around the country have been the targets of recent attacks.

Preventing Laptop Theft

Every semester, UC Berkeley Police receive numerous reports of stolen laptops on the campus and University properties. According to theft reports, many of those stolen laptops were the result of "smash-and-grab" car break-ins. UCPD warns that, "it only takes 10 seconds for a thief to smash a window and grab a laptop.”  To protect your devices and data, follow these basic security practices.

Browser Extensions: How to Vet and Install Safely

What is an extension?

A browser extension is essentially a plugin for your browser that performs a function or adds a feature to it. Since extensions are given special authorizations within the browser, they are attractive targets for attackers. 

How to use extensions safely

IT Email Communications Best Practices

Email communication theory is largely different from email communication reality. If messages include phishy email characteristics they can be skipped over and miss their intended audience. Plus, they cause concern for the reader who, instead of focusing on the message, focuses on the validity of the email.

Declutter Your Digital Files

It's easy for our digital selves to get cluttered and disorganized. A proper Marie Kondo approach to thinning out old files can keep your devices and information more secure. Plus it can improve the speed and performance of your devices. 

Here are a few things you can do to improve your digital security and online safety:

Top 10 Secure Computing Tips

Top Ten Secure Computing Tips"Top 10" List of Secure Computing Tips

Tip #1 - You are a target to hackers

Don't ever say, "It won't happen to me." We are all at risk and the stakes are high - both for your personal and financial well-being  and for the university's standing and reputation. 

Mass Email Communication Guideline

Mass email communications have a higher bar to clear in order not to get blocked by spam filters. Messages can miss the intended audience if they include phishy email characteristics. By following these rules you help ensure campus email recipients remain sensitized to characteristics that are typical of phishing messages and reduce the chance that your message gets blocked.  

Communicators should follow these basic guidelines to help messages from being blocked:  

Scammers are Exploiting Coronavirus Fears to Phish Users

March 9, 2020
Attackers have been sending emails that feed on concerns about COVID-19 to spread malware, trick them into sharing account credentials, or opening malicious attachments.