Everyone wants to exercise best practices and stay safe while online, though doing so is often easier said than done. For most, convenience outweighs security and as a result, we put ourselves and others at risk for identity theft and other cyber threats. In keeping with the shared responsibility theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we wanted to bring you an opportunity to not only hear about the typical dangers and pitfalls that come with being online, but more importantly, for you to know which ones (as an individual), you are most susceptible to.


One of the National Cyber Security Alliances’ partners (EMC2/RSA) has kindly provided an “Online Identity Risk Calculator” quiz, to help you find out your personal identity risk score and based on that – they will provide practical tips on how you can keep your online identity protected.Just answer 10 questions and discover how your online activities – from banking and shopping to the types of social networking sites you visit – may potentially make you more vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. Click HERE to play! – IDENTITY RISK GAME

Are you unwittingly putting ECU at risk?…Now that we have looked at our personal habits and the potential consequences of such, we wanted to give everyone a chance to take a similar evaluation to determine if and how their behavior differs while at work.

Just answer 12 questions to calculate your workplace security risk score. Discover how behaviors like sharing passwords, or using your work computer to check personal emails or download music could make the university vulnerable to hacking, malware and other attacks. Click HERE to play! – WORKPLACE SECURITY GAME



Did your online risk score(s) surprise you? Did you think that you were being more careful than you really are? Are you practicing safer habits at home than you are at work or vice-versa? – If so, why?

We would love to hear feedback from staff and faculty across campus to help us understand and target the areas of concern. Please post to this blog, our IT Security Tips blog or our ITCS Facebook page with your results and/or comments!

ITCS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ITCSatECU

ECU Technology Digest blog: http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/techdigest

Faculty/Staff Mobile Email Setup Now Requires Device Passcode

Do you check your ECU email through a mobile device?

Accessing ECU email through your mobile device now requires a passcode for that device effective Friday, August 1, 2014.  This means the device will lock when it is not in use. After August 1st, users will be unable to sync their email to their phone or tablet until the passcode is set.

There are some real advantages to implementing a passcode for a mobile device, such as:

  1. Information protection – for both your personal and ECU information
  2. Automatic device encryption for iOS devices – Android requires a few more steps
  3. Piratemail management – Users can remotely wipe their device through Piratemail if it is lost or stolen

Don’t want to use a passcode?

If you choose not to set up a passcode, your device will no longer sync with the Exchange server after August 1st. However, you’ll still have the option of checking ECU email through your mobile browser at piratemail.ecu.edu. This way, no mail items will be saved on your device.

Need to know how to set up a passcode?

Android: Open the Settings screen, tap Security, tap Screen Lock, tap PIN or Password, and set up a new PIN or password. Swipe, gestures, etc., don’t work – numeric/alphanumeric PIN or password only.

iOS: Open Settings, tap Passcode, tap the digits you want to use.

Windows: Start > Settings > Personal tab, and then click Lock.

If you already have a passcode set up for your device, you need not take any action.

Remember: our network is only as strong as its weakest link. By implementing passcodes for mobile devices, users make our collective information more secure.

Have questions?

Call the IT Help Desk 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081. To learn more about mobile device security, visit the FCC Smartphone security page.