Stay Warrior Secure
C&IT is committed to keeping the Wayne State community safe online. Read our tips for keeping yourself #WarriorSecure.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 tech.wayne.edu.
- 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.