Online shopping, clear the decks, two-factor

By | December 4, 2016

black and white graphic of shopping cart.Tips for safe online shopping

The holiday season is just around the corner, and most of us will be ordering things online (even more so than usual). See Online Shopping Tips to Protect Your Personal Information on the Safe Computing website for tips to help you protect your personal information when you shop online. The tips fall into three categories:

  • Secure your environment
  • Know who you are dealing with
  • Avoid the traps

Please check out the tips and share them with your colleagues, family, and friends. An 8-1/2 by 11 inch Shop¬†Online Safely poster is available if you’d like to post the information.

Clear the decks for 2017

  • Decommission unused systems and devices. If you are responsible for any university systems, websites, servers, databases, or devices that are no longer used or needed, please remove them from university networks and decommission them. Be sure to securely preserve, remove, or destroy any files or other information stored on them as appropriate.
  • Securely delete data. See Secure Data Deletion and Media Disposal for information to help you securely remove data from computers, mobile devices, and media.
  • Planning for electronic gifts? Share the Secure Data Deletion and Media Disposal link with gift recipients or save it for yourself. The information there also applies to personally owned devices that you may need to give away or dispose of to make room for new ones.

Your password needs a partner!Turn on 2 factor logo, yellow numeral 2 on blue circle. Turn on Two-Factor. Your Password Needs a Partner

More than 3,000 people across U-M campuses have turned on two-factor for Weblogin since October. Are you one of them? Turn on two-factor for Weblogin today and enjoy the peace of mind you get by adding extra protection to your personal information: W-2s, U-M Google, direct deposit information, and more.

Once you do, encourage those around you to enroll in Duo and turn on two-factor for Weblogin. With tax season about to begin and tax fraud increasing every year, it is more important than ever that you take advantage of the extra security that two-factor provides.

You can also request a special education and awareness workshop dedicated to two-factor authentication by contacting the two-factor expansion project team at

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