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 Secure Wireless @ ASU

Today, we are going to discuss secure wireless at ASU. Currently, there are two wireless signals available on ASU campus, one called "ASU" and the other called "ASU guest". We are happy to announce the addition of a third signal, called "ASU encrypted", to the wireless options at the university. The standard ASU wifi is an open signal, which means anyone can see what you're doing. ASU encrypted, however, secures the connection between your computer and the wireless access point. You can access ASU encrypted with the following devices: iOS devices, including the iPad and iPhone, most Android devices above 4.0, and computers using the Windows or Mac operating systems. To connect to the ASU encrypted wireless, go to asu.edu/wifi, which will provide you with steps for installation and instructions on how to connect. After connecting to ASU encrypted, please remember to remove the ASU network from your current connections. Thank you for watching, and stay protected.

 

10 Security Tips

Hi, welcome to Arizona State University. Today, we want to help you get protected! We will be giving you ten easy tips for keeping your personal information secure while using a computer at ASU.

Tip #1 - Sharing is daring. Don't share your password. By sharing your password, you are giving someone access to your personal account. Whatever that person does in your account is now your responsibility.

Tip #2 - Update often. Always update. Hackers are always discovering new ways to steal your information. Keep your anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-malware and current software releases up to date. Yes, that means updating Java and Flash even though they annoy you every time you use YouTube.

Tip #3 - Make it complex, so you won't be next. Guess proof your passwords. Ideally, you should use a complex passphrase or at least 10 characters in your passwords. ASU requires your passwords to be a mix of three out of four of the following: a lower case, an upper case, a number, and special character.

Tip #4 - Lock down mobiles. Use passwords, patterns, pins, or even facial identification to secure your computer, phone, and other mobile devices. With as much information as these devices store, it is always best to keep them secured.

Tip #5 - Encryption is key. Encryption will be your last line of defense should a thief steal one of your devices. If the device is off when it is lost, it will be difficult for thieves to access your personal information or ASU data.

Tip #6 - Trash unnecessary data. If you don't need it, delete it. Not only will deleting unnecessary data, like old bank statements, be beneficial for your security, you will have additional space. We all love additional space!

Tip #7 - Be careful where you surf. Treat every site like it's Halloween. Just because a site is dressed up like PayPal, doesn't mean it's PayPal. Sites can host files and software that are malicious in nature, be careful where you surf.

Tip #8 - Don't get hooked like a phish. Beware anonymous emails & emails requesting your personal information. If an email looks suspicious, report it. (Visit getprotected.asu.edu/Phishing_Alerts)

Tip #9 - Use secured wireless. ASU offers encrypted wireless to further secure your network experience. This will help ensure that when you are browsing the internet, your data is being protected from eavesdroppers. For more information click here.

Today, we will be disabling Java. Java has many risks associated with it. By having Java enabled, you leave your machine vulnerable to malicious hackers. Even the Department of Homeland Security recommends disabling Java until its vulnerabilities have been fixed.

Click on the Start button and find the control panel. Click it, then go to the upper right hand area of the window, and click in the box that says "Search Control Panel." Type "Java" in the text box . Once the Java icon appears, open it by double-clicking on the icon. Click the "Security" tab. In this tab, uncheck the box that says "Enable Java in the browser." Once you have unchecked the box, click "Apply." If a window pops up, click "Yes," and then click "OK." Click "OK" in the Java window to finish disabling Java.

Keep in mind that even though we have disabled Java, sites or programs that require Java will prompt you for permission to run. By disabling non-secure portions of your system, you have taken one more step in securing your machine. Thank you for watching, and stay protected

 

No Script

Today, we will be installing NoScript. NoScript is a Firefox only add-on that blocks all website scripts by default. When you visit a website, a script is generally run and that script could be stealing your information. NoScript lets you, the user, decide if you want to allow that script to run.

To begin, let's Start Firefox. Let's go to "Tools," and then "Add-ons." On the add-Ons page, search for NoScript. Once you have found it, click on the install button on the right hand side. Firefox will need to be restarted for the installation to complete. Click "Restart now." After restarting, the homepage for NoScript will open. Under "Extensions," you should see NoScript installed. Now, we need to do one more thing. We need to add ASU to the NoScript whitelist so that all ASU related sites appear normally. Click on the "Options" button or the "Preferences" button if you are using a Mac. Under the "Whitelist" tab, I'm going to add asu.edu in the text box. Once you have done that, click "Allow." Keep in mind NoScript already has some common websites that you most likely use in the whitelist. By using tools such as NoScript, you are one step closer in securing your machine, and notice how easy it was to do. Thank you for watching, and stay protected.

 

Cyber Security Briefing

Cyber Security Briefing 2015-05-27
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