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  • Two Layers of Added Security

    2-Factor Authentication

    Passwords provide you with added security to keep prying eyes away from your information and data. Most people have one layer (their password) to protect their account. 2-Factor Authentication adds a second level of security to your account.

  • Password Managers

    Everything you need to know

    A password manager tool is software that helps users to encrypt, store, and manage passwords. The tool also helps users to create secure passwords and automatically log into websites.

  • Be Wary of Telephone Scams

    Beware phone scams that try to gain access to your computer or personal information! Learn how to protect yourself from these scams.

  • Encrypt Zip Files

    for Windows and Mac

    Learn how to encrypt zip files or folders for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux machines. Protect your confidential and personal data!

  • What Apps Have Access to Your Facebook and Twitter?

    Learn how to audit Facebook and Twitter, so you can control what apps have access to your personal data and reduce your risk of unauthorized use of these apps, cut down on the chances of spammers taking over your account, and even remind yourself of tools and services you may have forgotten about.

  • Important Security Measure for iPhones

    It's easier than you think for someone to get into your Apple products -- even if a thief doesn't have the actual iPhone in his or her hands. How to make yourself much safer?

  • De-Cloud Your Life

    There are just some information that you shouldn't store into the cloud, such as confidential, personal, financial, or medical information, unless you encrypt them before uploading. Here are a couple of ways to "de-cloud" your life.

  • 25 Most Popular Passwords

    If yours is on the list, it is time to change!

    25 Most Popular Passwords --If yours is on the list, it is time to change!

  • The Internet of Things

    As the cost of connecting to the Internet has gone down, more and more everyday devices are being made to connect online. These devices, which make up the Internet of Things, introduce new security challenges.

  • Spearphishing

    A different kind of fishing

    Emails are a great way to communicate with someone. However, be wary of messages, especially from people you don't know, that asks you for personal information or tells you to click on a link. You never know when someone is fishing for your information. Learn more here.

  • Summer Scams

    Scammers don't take a break during the summer months; in fact, they may be ramping up their attacks to exploit your extra time online, vacation plans, or desire to improve yourself and your home. Make sure you're aware of these common attacks so you can keep your money and information safe from fraudsters. 

  • Google Drive Sharing Instructions

    It's important to understand exactly how you are using Google Drive so you don't accidentally share sensitive personal or university information. Check out this guide, and you might learn something to make your work more efficient, too!

  • Tech Support Scams

    Tech support scams are a particularly sneaky approach criminals use to make money off of people’s trust. It is important that all Santa Clara University students, faculty, and staff know how to identify these scams to protect individual and university resources.

  • Women in Information Security

    Diversity in the technology industry in necessary to stay a step ahead of cybercrime.

    Women make up only 10% of the Information Security workforce. Why are women so underrepresented? What can be done to change that?

  • Back Up Your Personal Devices

    No matter how careful you are, there is always a chance your device or computer can be lost, stolen, infected with malware, or simply stop working. Keeping regular backups of the data on your personal devices will give you peace of mind and ensure you don’t lose family photos or important records and assignments.

  • Starting a Career in Information Security

    At current projections, it is estimated there will be a shortfall of 1.8 million information security workers by 2022. If cybersecurity is of interest, this is definitely a growing field. It is vitally important that as a current student, you will graduate ready to enter the workforce to fill one of the vast numbers of positions available.

  • Ransomware

    What is ransomware? What should you do if it takes control of your system?

  • Is Venmo safe?

    What might you have to pay for convenience?

    Venmo, a peer to peer payment app, has seen its popularity skyrocket in the past couple of years, especially among college students. A few notable hacks and thefts have left users wondering how secure Venmo really is. Chances are you aren't using Venmo securely. Read on to find out how to counteract some of Venmo's security flaws.

  • Social Engineering

    Don't be the one to hand over information to an attacker!

    Social engineering is one of the most effective and least recognized hacking methods, and attackers often don't even need to write a line of code. Find out what it looks like and how to avoid it.