Cybersecurity Awareness

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.

1. Physically Protect Your Device From Theft Never leave your laptop or mobile device in a vehicle Do not walk away from your laptop, even for a minute If you...

Securing Network Traffic With SSH Tunnels

Introduction to SSH Tunnels

Secure Shell, or SSH, is used to create a secure channel between a local and remote computer. While SSH is commonly used for secure terminal access and file transfers, it can also be used to create a secure tunnel between computers for forwarding other network connections that are not normally encrypted. SSH tunnels are also useful for allowing outside access to internal network resources.

To create an SSH tunnel, you need:

Target server offering network services (http, vnc...

Reinstalling Your Compromised Computer


The following is a general guide on how to perform a clean reinstall of your computer. Reinstalling a computer after it has been compromised can be a painstaking process, but it is the best way to be certain that everything an attacker left behind has been found.

Checklist before performing a reinstall Change passwords - You should change passwords to all systems you have connected to from your computer during the period it could have been compromised. Especially look at bank and credit...

Security Tips for International Travel

International TravelFor members of the campus community, a trip to a foreign country presents unique data security challenges. The nature of international travel requires you to use your device (laptop, tablet or smartphone) in various unfamiliar places that may expose your data and device to malicious people and software. Beyond the...

What is your role in protecting Berkeley Campus Data?

Have you ever copied a work file to your USB drive at the end of the day and wondered, "Is it safe to copy this data Classification Level Pyramidhere?" Have you ever sent an email with a Social Security Number, a credit card number or student grades and wondered "Should I send this in email?"

You are not alone in asking these questions. Every day data—...

Back-to-School Cybersecurity Tips

Back to school

The new school year is an exciting time for students, faculty, and staff. It's also an exciting time for hackers, identity thieves, and other unscrupulous types who take advantage of people during this busy time of year.

Watch out for typical beginning-of-the-year scams: Emails supposedly containing “important information about your UC account,” or a “problem with your registration” Scams...

Preventing Password Theft

One of the biggest security threats facing UC Berkeley campus users on a daily basis are phishing emails and websites looking to steal CalNet credentials (username and password). Bad guys use phishing emails and websites to pretend to be from legitimate sources, so they can trick users into typing their CalNet credentials and potentially share other private information. Far too often they are successful. The consequences of such theft are often far worse than imagined. You can find more information in our Phishing...

Security Reminders as We Approach Tax Season

Tax Season header General reminders and best practices: File electronically and use direct deposit for the quickest refunds. The earlier, the better. Filing early helps prevent identity fraud; others cannot file a fake return in your name if you have already filed. Economic stimulus payments are not taxed, and won’t reduce your tax refund amount. Remember that the IRS will never request payment over the phone, or ask for...

Data Privacy Day Posters 2021

Own Your Privacy

Learn how to review privacy settings for Google Calendar (bCal), Google Groups (bConnected Lists), and Google Drive (bDrive).

Click on the image(s) to download the pdfs.

Celebrate Data Privacy Day 2020

January 6, 2020
What's Data Privacy Day?

Champion Badge

Data Privacy Day, held every year on January 28th, is a global initiative promoting privacy awareness and education. This annual event focuses on instilling the importance of protecting and controlling your personal information. Champions represent those dedicated to...