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!

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

CrashPlan Backup Utility Makes Lost Data a Thing of the Past

Computer crashes and accidental deletions happen. But lost data is a thing of the past with CrashPlan backup utility. Easy to download and easy to configure, CrashPlan works in the background for continuous file backups on both Mac and Windows. It even offers previous versions of each file in the event a file is restored. Features include:

  • Windows and Mac availability
  • Unlimited online storage
  • Minute-by-minute backups
  • 448-bit file encryption
  • Online, email and phone support
  • Mobile app to view files
  • File restore through Web browser
  • Real-time dashboard reporting

Request Process for Departments

Licensed by ECU, this application is available to ECU departments for an annual license fee of $83 per user. Users can install CrashPlan on up to four ECU-owned computers.

After the payment process is complete (FOAP required), users download the desktop app through the ECU Download Center. Departments are contacted each March for renewal.

Visit the CrashPlan website for more details on security, how-to instructions and vendor support.