What You Need to Know
Safe computing practices are a combination of computer software and security settings. Be safe online and follow these tips to help you protect your computer and your information.
What You Need to Do
Beware of Phishing Scams
Phishing is extremely common and can be very problematic for the entire SJSU community. Good prevention practices and being vigilant are key to protecting us all.
- Prevent and Report Phishing Attacks
- SJSU Frauds and Scams Video
- Phishing Quiz - Can You Spot When You're Being Phished?
- How to Spot a Phishing Attempt
- DocuSign Phishing
- Information Security Awareness Training
- Know the available resources to keep your device safe. Use the Federal Communications Commission's Smartphone Security Checker on a regular basis.
- Do Your Boss a Favor and Don't Fall for a Gift Card Scam
Stay Safe Online
Protect Your Personal Information
Secure Your Mobile Devices
Download the Following Applications
- A cross-platform security solution featuring antivirus, client firewall, Network Access Control and data encryption visible in one simplified, cloud-based console.
- Access Sophos and get your Free Sophos (Anti-Virus) software.
- Learn more about Sophos: What You Need to Know about Sophos Antivirus Software & Sophos Home Premium Antivirus Software
Duo Two-Factor (MFA) Authentication
- A security application that requires two methods (known as factors) to verify your identity before accessing your system.
- These factors may include a username and password in combination with a smartphone app to approve authentication requests.
- Once MFA is activated on your device, it authenticates anywhere and anytime, making it much more difficult for unauthorized users to exploit weak or stolen credentials and gain access to your system or data.
- Access Duo MFA, plus instructions and more on What You Need to Know about MFA
Sophos Safeguard Encryption
- An automatic full disk encryption security application that transparently protects your data against malware, theft and accidental data loss
- Continuously validates your identity, application, and device using Windows BitLocker and Mac FileVault without disruption to your workflow
- Your data stays encrypted even if it’s shared or uploaded to a cloud-based, file-sharing system
Properly Dispose of Level 1 & Level 2 Data
Secure Media Disposal
SJSU IT has a free HIPAA, PCI-DSS and NSA-certified device shredding service for all electronic media, including: hard drives, SSDs, thumb drives and cell phones. Any devices, components or electronic media containing confidential Level 1 or Level 2 data must be destroyed by an approved data destruction process.
What Happens if You Don’t Act
Security is everyone’s business in the SJSU community. It has to be in order to keep us all safe from cyber attacks.
Student/faculty/staff safety, personal information, trade secrets, our networks, etc. are all vulnerable in today’s digital world, so we must all work together to keep SJSU and our community as safe as possible.
The steps above are easy to take. We promise you that the old adage is true: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If you havent been hacked yourself, ask a friend who has. The time, costs, and trouble to recover can translate to hundreds, thousands and even millions of dollars.