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

GRADUATING STUDENTS: Before you leave ECU, don’t forget…

Before you leave ECU, don’t forget to save any files and information you have stored on ECU systems!

For example:

  • Save or forward your Office 365 messages, contacts, and whatever else you’d like to keep from your ECU e-mail account. Be sure to give others your alternative e-mail address so that you can keep in touch after your ECU e-mail account has been deactivated. Consider using your alternative e-mail address on resumes you distribute.

Microsoft Web site – E-mail Help

ECU Student E-mail Web site

  • Save your files from your Office 365 OneDrive.
  • Save your files from your ECU Piratedrive.
  • Save your portfolio from iWebfolio.
  • Save your Web pages/Web content from MyWeb and ECU Blogs/WordPress.
  • Save survey data from Qualtrics if you participated in any research activities involving surveys.

Last but not least:

Download the Microsoft products you receive FREE as a graduating ECU student. Please immediately burn your software to DVD in the event that reinstallation is necessary, and write down your product key.

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Questions? Need help? Contact the ECU IT Help Desk or ACE Student Computing Support Center:

  • By phone: 252.328.9866 or 1.800.340.7081
  • Walk-in locations: 103 Austin (Main Campus), 2506 Health Sciences Building (Health Sciences Campus; Laupus Library)
  • ACE: 108 Rawl (Main Campus), 3330 Health Sciences Building (Health Sciences Campus)