Stay Warrior Secure

C&IT is committed to keeping the Wayne State community safe online. Read our tips for keeping yourself #WarriorSecure.


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Phishing and spam: Know the difference

  • Phishing emails are targeted attempts to get your account information and finances by pretending to be someone else.
    • If you receive an email like this, do not respond and report it immediately.
    • Contact the C&IT Help Desk immediately if you are a victim of a phishing email.
    • If you provided money or your social security number, file a report with your local police department.
  • Spam emails are just junk mail like bulk advertisements and newsletters that clog up your inbox. Block them by using email filters and marking emails as spam.
    • You do not need to report spam emails to

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Password strength: Protect your accounts

  • Do not use the same password on all accounts. If your only password gets stolen, hackers have access to every account you use.
    • Use a password manager, like LastPass or 1Password, to keep track.
  • Password length trumps password complexity. Use long, nonsensical phrases, which are easier to remember than complex characters and numbers. 
    • If your AccessID password is 14 characters or longer, you won't need to change your password unless your account has been compromised.
  • Set up a recovery email address in case you forget your password.
  • Many banks and credit card companies offer dark web monitoring. Check with your bank for more information.

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Tech at home: Connect securely

  • Avoid sharing computers with other family members, especially if you are an employee using a university-owned computer. Learn more about home network security at
  • Enroll your devices in automatic updates to ensure they have the latest software to protect them from security problems.
  • Whenever working using public wireless, connect to the Wayne State VPN to protect your data.
  • Windows users can use Windows Security to identify any problems with their devices.