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Look before you log in

By | August 14, 2017

Many people at U-M receive phishing emails with links to fake Weblogin pages that look exactly like the real one. When people log in to the fake page, their password is stolen, and their U-M account is compromised. The only clue it’s a fraudulent login page is the URL. Before entering your UMICH (Level 1) password, check that… Read More »

New U-M policy makes software purchases easier

By | July 7, 2017

If you purchase software for university use, please be aware of Software Procurement and Licensing Compliance (SPG 601.03-03). This new policy, which took effect April 10, 2017, was developed by Procurement Services with input from Information Assurance, Office of the General Counsel, and others. Under the new policy, university PCards or purchase orders can be used to purchase… Read More »

Private MCommunity groups now hide owners, moderators

By | May 15, 2017

Private groups in the MCommunity Directory now hide not only the members, but also the owners and moderators. Aside from enhancing overall MCommunity privacy, this feature, which was implemented May 13, will help make the kind of email spoofing that occurred earlier this year more difficult. It stops would-be email spoofers from discovering and impersonating the moderator of… Read More »

Use a “Personal and Private” folder to protect your privacy

By | April 13, 2017

Do you have personal, non-work files on your university-owned computer or in online storage space provided by U-M? That’s okay, but please store them in an appropriately labeled location to help the university protect your privacy. U-M suggests that you place personal files in a folder named Personal and Private for any service provided by U-M. With some… Read More »

Travel safely with technology

By | March 31, 2017

Whether you are planning a vacation or professional trip, you will likely take along smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other mobile device. Follow these tips to safeguard both your own—and the university’s—data. Before you travel Decide whether or not you need all your devices. If you don’t need it, leave it. Consider taking a device that you only use… Read More »

Review new sensitive data classifications

By | March 29, 2017

To support the proposed revision of the IT Security Policy, Information Assurance has published revised U-M Data Classification Levels on Safe Computing. The revised policy will be supported and supplemented by specific operational, procedural, and technical standards, many of which specify actions to take based on the classification level of the data involved. The new data classification levels… Read More »

Reminder: Secure your devices if you use them for U-M work

By | February 28, 2017

Security is everyone’s responsibility. If you use your personal devices—smartphone, laptop, tablet, and so on—for work, you are responsible for appropriately securing and managing them, as well as for meeting the obligations described in Security of Personally Owned Devices that Access or Maintain Sensitive Institutional Data (SPG 601.33). Your unit may have additional restrictions beyond those found in… Read More »

5 tips to avoid online tax fraud

By | January 28, 2017

Criminals can file fraudulent tax returns in your name—and steal your tax refund. Last year, several U-M employees were among the many nationwide who were victimized by tax fraud. This year, we are already seeing phishing scams targeting W-2s. Information and Infrastructure Assurance (IIA) offers the following five tips to help you avoid online tax fraud: Practice safe computing by… Read More »

What to do if your U-M account is compromised

By | January 11, 2017

Have you noticed messages in your sent folder that you didn’t send? Did your co-workers receive strange emails from you? If so, your U-M account might be compromised, and you should take action immediately. Change your UMICH (Level-1) password For instructions and tips, see Choosing and Changing a Secure UMICH Password. You should also set new security questions… Read More »

Online shopping, clear the decks, two-factor

By | December 4, 2016

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… Read More »