OUCH! Security Newsletter

The IMT Security Office is pleased to be able to provide the SANS OUCH! Monthly Security Awareness Newsletter to all students, faculty, and staff.  The OUCH! newsletter provides a wealth of practical information on keeping yourself safe and secure online at home, at work, or anywhere.

OUCH! is published by SANS Securing The Human

2018 Jan - Creating a Cybersecure Home

posted Jan 10, 2018, 3:08 PM by Holly Magnuson

Several years ago, creating a cybersecure home was simple; most homes consisted of nothing more than a wireless network and several computers. Today, technology has become far more complex and is integrated into every part of our lives, from mobile devices and gaming consoles to your home thermostat and your refrigerator. The attached document gives you four simple steps for creating a cybersecure home. 

Dec. 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Lock Down Your Login

posted Jan 4, 2018, 9:34 AM by Holly Magnuson

The process of authentication, or proving who you are, is key to protecting your information, such as your email, social media, or online banking accounts. You may not realize it, but there are three different ways to prove who you are. Learn more... 

Nov. 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Shopping Online Securely

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:24 PM by Holly Magnuson

The holiday season is nearing for many of us, and soon millions of people around the world will be looking to buy the perfect gifts. Many of us will choose to shop online in search of great deals and to avoid long lines and impatient crowds. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year many cyber criminals create fake shopping websites to scam and steal from others. And this article we explain the risk of shopping online and how to get that amazing deal safely.

Oct. 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Helping Others Secure Themselves

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:21 PM by Holly Magnuson

Many of us feel comfortable with technology, to include how to use it safely and securely. However, other friends or family members may not feel so comfortable. In fact, they may be confused, intimidated, or even scared by it. This makes them very vulnerable to today's cyber attackers. Cyber security does not have to be scary semicolon it's actually quite simple once you understand the basics. This newsletter will cover 5 of the basic steps to protect yourself.

Sept. 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Password Managers

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:19 PM by Holly Magnuson

One of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself online is to use a unique, strong password for every one of your accounts and apps. Unfortunately, it is most likely impossible for you to remember all your different passwords for all your different accounts. This is why so many people reuse the same password. Unfortunately, using the same password for different accounts is dangerous, because once someone compromises your password, they can access all your accounts that use that password. A simple solution is to use a password manager, sometimes called a password vault. These are programs that securely store all your passwords, making it easy to have a different password for each account. Password managers make this simple because instead of having to remember all your passwords, you only have to remember the master password to your password manager. Learn more in this month’s newsletter.

August 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Backup & Recovery

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:14 PM by Holly Magnuson

If you use a computer or mobile device long enough, sooner or later something will go wrong, resulting in you losing your personal files, document, or photos. For example, you may accidentally delete the wrong files, have a hardware failure, lose a device, or become infected with malware, such as ransomware. At times like these, backups are often the only way you can rebuild your digital life. In this newsletter, we explain what backups are, how to backup your data, and how to develop a simple strategy that's right for you.

July 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Gaming Online Safely & Securely

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:11 PM by Holly Magnuson

Online gaming is a great way to have fun; however, it also comes with its own set of unique risk. In this newsletter, we cover what you and your family can do to protect yourselves when gaming online.

June 2017 Ouch Newsletter - Lesson From WannaCry

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:09 PM by Holly Magnuson

Recently, you most likely watch widespread news coverage of a new cyber attack called WannaCry. It affected over 200,000 computers worldwide and locked numerous organizations out of their data including hospitals in the United Kingdom. In this article learn why this attack was so successful.

May 2017 / OUCH! Security Newsletter

posted May 3, 2017, 10:17 AM by Shawn Kohrman

Securing Today’s Online Kids
The number of ways children today can go online and interact with others is staggering. From new social media apps and games to schools issuing Chromebooks, kids’ social lives and futures depend on their ability to make the most of technology. As parents, we want to make sure they do so in a safe and secure manner. However, this can be a challenge, as many of us never grew up in a technical environment like this. To help you, we cover the key steps to enabling today’s kids to make the most of technology safely and securely.

April 2017 / OUCH! Security Newsletter

posted Apr 5, 2017, 9:46 AM by Shawn Kohrman

Passwords are something you use almost every day, from accessing your email or banking online to purchasing goods or accessing your smartphone. However, passwords are also one of your weakest points; if someone learns or guesses your password they can access your accounts as you, allowing them to transfer your money, read your emails, or steal your identity. That is why strong passwords are essential to protecting yourself. However, passwords have typically been confusing, hard to remember, and difficult to type. In this newsletter, you will learn how to create strong passwords, called passphrases, that are easy for you to remember and simple to type.

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