Income Tax Fraud: How to Protect Yourself

Nationwide, many taxpayers have attempted to file their federal and state income tax returns, only to find out that criminals have already filed fraudulent returns and claimed refunds.  The Vermont Department of Taxes explains:   Refund fraud occurs when a criminal uses stolen identification of a taxpayer, including Social Security Number, to create a phony return.  Often the criminal […]

Passphrases and multifactor authentication

IT Colleagues, If you find yourself challenged to help those whose IT needs you support understand the importance of strong passwords, how to choose one, or why to use unique passwords, this month’s OUCH! newsletter may be useful.  You can download it from securingthehuman.org [1]. The newsletter also covers two-step verification or multi-factor authentication (MFA) […]

The time for Encryption and Workstation Management is Now

IT Colleagues, Protecting the huge variety of information the University collects and manages is everyone’s responsibility.  For those of us with IT roles, people whose IT needs we support look to us to provide safe and secure ways to manage information.  The need is particularly critical when it comes to protecting personal and private information […]

Someone Stole My UVM Password; Now What?

You’ve probably had your UVM Net-ID locked because someone stole your password and started doing horrible things using your account, like sending spam or launching Internet attacks.  Enterprise Technology Services Account Services can get your account unlocked (call them at 656-2006) — but there are some critical steps you should take right away to protect […]

Visiting Questionable Websites (or, Using Your “Internet Hazmat Suit”)

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an annual opportunity for folks like us to encourage folks like you to adopt a simple, three-point approach to keeping yourself and your information safe online: STOP. THINK. CONNECT? With each phishing campaign that’s conducted against UVM’s students, faculty, and staff, the Information Security Office receives dozens of notifications from astute members of […]

Physical Information Security for Everyone

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an annual opportunity for folks like us to encourage folks like you to adopt a simple, three-point approach to keeping yourself and your information safe online: STOP. THINK. CONNECT? As weird as it might seem, there are physical aspects to securing information about you: Before your data are stolen or corrupted, there’s a need […]

Why would anyone want my NetID and password?

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an annual opportunity for folks like us to encourage folks like you to adopt a simple, three-point approach to keeping yourself and your information safe online: STOP. THINK. CONNECT? Ever wonder why you get all those messages asking you to “Confirm your account now!” or “Login today or your email […]

Situational Awareness for Everyone

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an annual opportunity for folks like us to encourage folks like you to adopt a simple, three-point approach to keeping yourself and your information safe online: STOP. THINK. CONNECT? Paying attention to what is going on around you can go a long way toward keeping you and your data safe […]

Traveling Abroad without Making the News (Mobile Tech Edition)

Occasionally, a member of the community approaches the ISO Team to ask for our advice on traveling safely with mobile technology. While individual circumstances (including the nature of the mobile technologies/data in play, the nature of the trip, the particular destination) will dictate specifics, our general recommendations (below) will cover a lot of ground for […]

How Do *You* Spell “Shutdown”?

With so much (*ahem*) “excitement” in Washington this week, it’s little wonder opportunists would seize the moment and go on a domain-registration spree, seeking to capitalize on interest in these topics of nationwide scope. The incident handlers at the Internet Storm Center (sponsored by SANS) posted an entry to their Diary today entitled: “Obamacare related […]