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Remember when you were a child and you were told "don’t talk to strangers" in order to keep you safe? With over 3 billion people using the Internet worldwide, there are quite a number of "strangers" out there just waiting to steal your personal information.  


Passwords are designed to protect your personal information, but sometimes passwords get stolen. Simply changing your password regularly can minimize the damage.   


If you get caught downloading illegal files on UB’s networks, chances are you’ll be enrolled in UB’s Copyright Infringement Avoidance course. But it isn’t a punishment…it’s a way to avoid a hefty fine, and better understand the more confusing points of copyright law in the U.S.   


UB’s Information Security Office is hosting two events and four online quizzes to educate the campus during October National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Not only can you learn how to stay safer online, you could also win some great prizes.   


You can install the best security software on your computer, but once you open an infected email attachment or click on a malicious link, there’s still a great chance you’ve allowed someone else into your system. Here are six basic rules of thumb you should apply to stay safe.


When it comes to identity theft, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Start protecting your personal information today by downloading, then installing Identity Finder for free from the UBIT website. 


Cyber-attacks and data breaches are evolving at an alarming rate. As a result, cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing emerging careers in the industry. Thanks to the GenCyber Camp, held at UB from July 6-10, 2015, a group of middle and high school students were given a chance to prepare for this exciting career path.   

On June 2, 2015, UB faculty and staff are invited to join UBIT Security Analyst Dr. Catherine J. Ullman in 280 Park Hall from 12-1 p.m. to learn about protecting personal information online.
UB is celebrating Bring Your Kids to Work Day on Monday, April 27, 2015, and the festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. with breakfast and a keynote address on how children (and their parents) can stay safe online.
The email certainly appears official: It comes from an address. There’s even a University at Buffalo copyright at the end. And the message hits us where we live — right in our email accounts.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and part of the emphasis is on practical ways to stay safe.
Everybody knows somebody. That person. The one who got caught illegally sharing files on UB’s networks.
Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month by locking down your personal information.