Thursday, November 19, 2020

GIS Day 2020

Contributed by M. Beth Wilkerson, GIS Specialist

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DePauw GIS Center was unable to host an in-person GIS Day celebration in the Julian Atrium like it has done since 2004.  Instead, like so many other events that went virtual this year, the GIS Center celebrated by releasing a GIS Day at DePauw - 2020 website...complete with a registration form and GIS Quest.  The site was released on the official GIS Day, specifically Wednesday, November 18, 2020, and remains available for exploring.  If you've not yet had a chance to experience DePauw's virtual GIS Day event, click the link provided and begin your virtual tour

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Google is reporting issues with Gmail

Google is working to resolve issues with Gmail. You can find the current status about many of the online portals at DePauw here: Service Status Dashboards.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

#BeCyberSmart. Tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance

As we are nearing the end of CyberSecurity month, here are some tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) that you can put into action now.

Lock Down Your Login

Make a long, unique passphrase. Length trumps complexity. A strong passphrase is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember. Use 2-factor authentication or multi-factor authentication (like biometrics, security keys or a unique, one-time code through an app on your mobile device) whenever offered.

When in Doubt, Throw it Out

Links in email, tweets, texts, posts, social media messages and online advertising are the easiest way for cyber criminals to get your sensitive information. Be wary of clicking on links or downloading anything that comes from a stranger or that you were not expecting. Essentially, just don’t trust links.

Keep a Clean Machine

Keep all software on internet connected devices – including personal computers, smartphones and tablets – current to reduce risk of infection from ransomware and malware. Configure your devices to automatically update or to notify you when an update is available. 

Back it Up

Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. If you have a copy of your data and your device falls victim to ransomware or other cyber threats, you will be able to restore the data from a backup.

 Own your Online Presence

Every time you sign up for a new account, download a new app, or get a new device, immediately configure the privacy and security settings to your comfort level for information sharing. Regularly check these settings (at least once a year) to make sure they are still configured to your comfort.

Share with Care

Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it might affect you or others.

Get Savvy about WiFi Hotspots

Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure, which means that anyone could potentially see what you are doing on your laptop or smartphone while you are connected to them. Limit what you do on public WiFi, and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and financial services. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

#BeCyberSmart. Share with care.

Identity theft is a growing risk due to an increased interest in online banking, social networking sites, mobile downloads, online gaming and other popular online activities. Gaining a better awareness of your level of exposure and adopting secure computing practices are steps you can take to reduce your risk to identity theft.

Learn more at InfoSec: Protecting your identity

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

#BeCyberSmart. Securing Devices.

Whether you walk away from your office or room for a few minutes, you misplace your device, or someone has stolen it, here are some tips to help you out:

  • Never leave your laptop, smartphone, etc. unattended even for a few short minutes.

  • Set your screen to lock automatically after it is inactive for a set amount of time.

  • Do not automatically save passwords even though it is convenient. If your device is stolen, the thief will be very happy with how easy it is to log in to your accounts.

Learn more at minimize unauthorized access.