Cybersecurity Awareness

Don’t worry, be appy: A quick look at app safety

September 5, 2019

Apps are part of our lives now. Remember that slogan, “There’s an App for That”? Nowadays, it seems like there really is an app for everything — from games to shopping, fitness, beauty, hobbies and more. No wonder that almost 50% of all smartphone users download at least one new app a month.

Just like with any device or program, though, it’s important to choose and use your apps carefully. Some apps may be scams or contain viruses. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself safer:

None of their business! A look at privacy settings

September 5, 2019

Your privacy means a lot: not just to you, but to the people you care about. If your private accounts and information are breached, other people could be breached too. That’s why it’s important to maintain your privacy online by making good choices with your privacy settings.

Think before you click: staying safe on social media

September 5, 2019

There are more than four billion people on the internet today, and many of them use social media to communicate. But while social media can be fun and a great way to chat with friends, it can be risky as well. When people share personal information about themselves, they may become targets for scammers and identity thieves.

However, you can take a few simple precautions to keep yourself and your friends and family safe on social media. Here’s how: 

Security Basics: 101

The basics of campus information security boil down to the following three concerns:  Protecting Yourself, Protecting Devices, and Protecting Data

Protecting Yourself

Protect your personal information by following guidelines for managing passwords, learning how to avoid phishing scams, and by remembering secure computing practices at all times.



Phishing is a type of attack carried out to steal usernames, passwords, credit card information, Social Security Numbers, and other sensitive data. Phishing is most often seen in the form of malicious emails pretending to be from credible sources such as UC Berkeley technology departments or organizations related to the university.

Attackers can use this information to:

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:

Review online accounts.


Discover security training courses and tools

Cyber Security Awareness Training →

Annual, mandatory security awareness computer-based-training on a variety of information security topics through the Central Human Resources Learning Management System.

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:  

Cybersecurity Best Practices & How-Tos

Here you will find tips, tricks, and articles on the basics of cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Tips & Best Practices

Resources for cybersecurity awareness and best practices on a variety of topics.

Basics for Securing Your Data: