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Concerning Job Scams

Holidays and long weekends attempt to catch users off guard

Over the weekend the Division of Information Technology has gotten reports of several job scams sent to users by email. These scams promise good pay for minimal effort, usually at home on your own...

Posted: June 20, 2023, 4:33 PM

Protecting your online account over Winter Break

As we prepare for the winter break, we commonly see a surge in malicious activity toward user accounts. Users receive emails warning about unpaid invoices, expired passwords, or full inboxes....

Posted: December 22, 2022, 1:44 PM

Seventeen tips to secure your phone

Advice From Smartphone Insight

Smartphone Insight has published a handy guide with step-by-step instructions to protect your IoS or Android phone data. With these 17 tips, your device will continuously be up to date. In...

Posted: September 26, 2021, 9:15 PM

Summary of Phishing Techniques and Defenses

A Recent Report On Phishing Attacks (And How To Avoid Them)

However you get your news, by now you have seen the term 'phishing' used to describe ways to exploit people on the Internet.  You or someone you know may have been the target of a phishing...

Posted: September 16, 2021, 3:15 PM

Vendor Breaches and Account Compromises

Password Stopped Working? This Might Be Why.

Vendor Breaches and Account Compromises Internet vendors will, at times, suffer data breaches.  Sometimes the service will attempt to contact it’s account holders and other times it won’t. ...

Posted: September 14, 2021, 3:54 PM

FAQ - Travel and the UMBC VPN

Helping Secure Your Communications When Off-Campus

If I am a student, can I log in from my country of travel? Yes, as long as you have a valid UMBC account and the country in question allows internet traffic to and from the United States Can I...

Posted: August 17, 2021, 6:10 PM

Identity Theft

Some Suggestions On Avoiding It

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) has received several reports of insurance scams via telephone and email. To help protect the UMBC community from identity theft, DoIT is sharing some...

Posted: June 9, 2021, 9:07 PM

Tips on Spotting Phishing Emails

Read Your Email, Then Read It Again For Red Flags

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) has seen many different reports of Phishing and job scam emails sent to UMBC accounts. This article will list some helpful tips to spot phishing...

Posted: May 20, 2021, 8:20 PM

Do You Need A Password Reset Email Address?

Hint: Yes

UMBC’s Division of Information Technology (DoIT) asks that all students set-up a password reset email address for their accounts. This email address ensures that your profile is secure, and it...

Posted: March 30, 2021, 4:44 PM

Why are Cyber Criminals Targeting Universities?

Universities Are Seen As 'Soft Targets' For Fraud

Phishing emails, spoofing and forgery schemes have found a hunting ground for cyber attacks within institutes of higher education just like UMBC. Below are some reasons why universities are...

Posted: March 3, 2021, 4:29 PM