Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Data Security Awareness and Education website.
Here you will find information on policies and guidelines data, computer and network security, virus alerts and hoaxes and computer security awareness. Your thoughts and ideas on improving this website and promoting information security are welcome.
Award Winning Student Information Security Videos
This short video gives information on how you can protect you, your data and your computer from spyware, viruses, identity theft, and phishing.
This short video illustrates how you may become a victim of Internet fraud via email, websites or instant messenger by being duped into sharing your personal information (e.g., credit card or account information, passwords, social security cards).
"The authors/creators of the winning videos retain copyright to their productions. Permission is granted for educational, noncommercial uses of these files, provided that each is identified as being a winning entry in the Security Awareness Video Contest sponsored by the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force and the National Cyber Security Alliance."
Penn State Video - Facebook Phenomenon is Changing the Way Students Socialize
This short video discusses how many young people are using Facebook as a new means of communicating and how this new technology brings a need for caution along with it.
How do you List Names on Your Cell Phone?
An incident has been reported in which a woman's handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. Twenty minutes after the theft she called her husband from a pay phone to tell him what had happened. He alerted her that he "just received her text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago."
When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text the husband in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes the thief had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.
Moral of the lesson: Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc... And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back. Also, when you're being text by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet "family and friends" who text you.
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