Awareness : Security Awareness Tips

Beware of Microsoft Phone Scams

Posted: September 16, 2016

Scammers can be very creative and tricky. One ongoing social engineering attack is from scammers who claim to be from Microsoft. Read More

How to Protect Yourself Online

Posted: September 26, 2014

Here are a few suggestions on ways to keep your personal information more secure when you go online. Read More

Scam Alert: That Robocall Isn’t the IRS

The FTC has issued a warning about fake IRS calls that are tricking consumers into paying money they supposedly owe but will only accept payment via prepaid card or wire transfer. Read More

Posted: July 31, 2014

Implementation of Automated Patient Privacy Monitoring

The privacy and security of health information is extremely important. Read More

Posted: July 16, 2014

The Internet of Things and Privacy

Most people access and share information by connecting to the internet via a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Read More

Posted: April 16, 2014

Tax Season is Here – File Early to Avoid Scams

Tax season is here and the race begins between individuals collecting all their tax related forms…..
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Posted: January 24, 2014

Data Privacy Day 2014

Data Privacy Day (DPD) is held each year on January 28th to educate people on the importance of protecting their privacy.Read More

Posted: December 24, 2013

Ransomware - What is Your Personal Data Worth?

Imagine you are working on your computer and suddenly you see a message telling you that your personal files have been encrypted and will not be accessible to you unless you pay a fee.  Read More

Posted: November 25, 2013

Public Wi-Fi Safety

Public Wi-Fi is very convenient for anyone looking to surf the web while on a lunch break or while at a coffee shop.  Read More

Posted: November 6, 2013

Spear Phishing: Linked to APT Attacks

An APT an attempt to obtain sensitive information that uses a variety of techniques. Read More

Posted: August 26, 2013

Smartphones and Privacy

Currently more than half of all American adults use smartphones, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Read More

Posted: June 21, 2013



Tax Season Is Here – File Early To Protect Yourself

As faculty and staff start receiving their W2s and other tax related documents, it is time to start thinking about filing income tax returns - early. Read More

Posted: February 5, 2013


Data Privacy Day 2013

Data Privacy Day is an annual international event held each year on January 28th since 2008. Read More

Posted: January 28, 2013

U.S. Bank Accounts Threatened by Trojan Malware

Many U.S. bank customers may have experienced non-availability or dramatic slowdowns when attempting to access their online bank accounts recently. Read More

Posted: November 6, 2012

Protect Paper Records with Sensitive Information

Sensitive information on paper is the same as sensitive information on a computer. Both need to be protected from unauthorized access or disclosure and should be treated with caution and discretion. Read More

Posted: August 1, 2012

Spear Phishing: Human Error Remains the Weakest Link in Security

By now most of us are aware of fake emails that claim to come from your bank. Read More

Posted: May 3, 2012

Surfing the Internet on your Smartphone? - Be Wary of Security Threats

The first known drive-by attack to target mobile phones has been discovered. Read More

Posted: June 19, 2012

Tax Season Is Here, and So Are The Scams

As wage earners everywhere gather their W-2’s, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is combating several new attempts to defraud taxpayers. Read More

Posted: March 12, 2012

A Short History of Cell Phone Hacking

Phone hacking has been in the news lately, but just what happened and how I can protect myself?  Read More

Posted: August 22, 2011

Child ID Theft Growing Rapidly

A recent report indicates children are increasingly at risk of identity theft — and such crimes can go unnoticed for years. Read More

Posted: July 1, 2011

Protect the Data on your Smartphone

As we increasingly rely on our phones as an extension of our computers, more personal and business information is stored and transferred on them. Read More

Posted: March 1, 2011

Epsilon Email Breach: What You Need to Know

In one of the largest security breaches, cyber thieves stole a list of email addresses from Epsilon. Read More

Posted: April 18, 2011

Securing your Home Wireless Network

The use of some type of high speed Internet connection at home such as DSL or cable modem is now almost as common as a phone line. Read More

Posted: October 5, 2010

Abusing your Systems Privileges Can Lead to Termination

University of Miami workforce should know their responsibilities when given system access. Read More

Posted: August 19, 2010

Printers: An Overlooked Security Risk

Your new printer/multifunction device is open security risks, so it’s important to follow some basic security procedures to minimize the risk. Read More

Posted: July 29, 2010

Warning: Your Computer May Not Be Infected

Malvertising takes advantage of your security knowledge. Online advertisements pose as antivirus software to make you believe your computer has been infected. Read More

Posted: April 30, 2010

Watch Out for Phony Census Takers

Consumers need to be wary of con artists who pretend to be Census takers but are really out to steal personal information or commit other frauds. Read More

Posted: April 6, 2010

Watch Out for Haiti Earthquake Relief Scams

In the wake of the natural disaster that occurred on 1/12/2010, cyber-crooks have rushed to create websites with Haiti earthquake-themed names. Read More

Posted: January 20, 2010

Information Security when Traveling Abroad

Travel is often essential when conducting and promoting University business and research, but there are precautions that should be taken. Read More

Posted: October 21, 2009

Everything I Need to Know About Stealing Your Identity, I Learned from Facebook and MySpace

It’s easy to be lured into joining social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and others. Read More

Posted: June 23, 2009

As Tax Season Approaches, Learn More about Tax Refund and Stimulus Payment Scams

Fraudulent emails are again promising tax refunds or stimulus payments. Read More

Posted: March 31, 2009

Top 10 Tips for Safe Online Shopping

An increasing number of people are choosing the convenience of online shopping over trudging off to the malls. Online shopping is the retail industry’s biggest growth engine, but with the increase in online shopping also comes greater exposure to fraud. Read More

Posted: December 11, 2009

Botnets: Is Someone Else Using Your Computer?

Ever wonder why your computer sometimes runs slowly? Maybe you’re not the only one using it. Read More

Posted: February 11, 2009

With Great Storage Comes Great Responsibility

Portable electronic storage devices are very popular because of their portability and low prices. Read More

Posted: January 12, 2009

Watch Out for Email Spam and Scams Targeting the Presidential Election

As the presidential election approaches, be aware of email spam used to install malicious software. Read More

Posted: October 10, 2008

Internet Scammers Using Fake Phone Numbers

Vishing combines social engineering and the phone system to gain access to a victim’s personal sensitive information. Read More

Posted: July 16, 2008

Transporting Medical Records

Occasionally, medical and other sensitive records must be transported from one location to another, such as when moving to a new office. Read More

Posted: April 8, 2008

Encryption: The Key to Privacy and Information Security

Encryption is a procedure that scrambles information in a way that is decipherable only to authorized individuals or computers. Read More

Posted: March 11, 2008

When Disposing of Electronic Devices, Don’t Forget to Delete any Sensitive Data!

Portable devices may store information you do not want anyone else to access. Read More

Posted: January 25, 2008

Understanding Medical Identity Theft

Medical identity theft occurs when a person uses someone else’s personal information to obtain or make false claims for medical services or goods. Read More

Posted: December 1, 2007

What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft is a crime where personally identifiable information is used without authorization to commit fraud or other crimes. Read More

Posted: October 17, 2007

Security Updates Not Only for “Critical” Applications

It is important to remember that any application installed on your computer can have vulnerabilities that could allow a security breach. Read More

Posted: July 27, 2007

Protecting Sensitive Data is Everyone’s Responsibility

Improper disclosures of sensitive data can cause immeasurable damage. Read More

Posted: September 13, 2007

Home Broadband: High Speed, but High Risk

High speed internet connections for home users, either by cable modem or DSL, are increasingly affordable and available. Read More

Posted: June 6, 2007

Exercise Caution when using Public Wireless Access Points

Unsuspecting users are giving computer hackers access to data on their wireless devices. Read More

Posted April 4, 2007

Lessons to be Learned from Recent Data Security Breaches

The VA department reported that a laptop containing the personal information of 26.5 million veterans was stolen from an employee’s home. Read More

Posted June 21, 2006

Do Not Abuse your Information System Privileges

University of Miami workforce members must be mindful of their responsibilities when given access to University information systems. Read More

Posted August 17, 2006

Beware of Social Engineering Attacks

“Social engineering” is a term used in information security to describe activities that attempt to con and deceive people. The aim is to get someone to willingly give privileged information by taking advantage of the user’s good will, trust and desire to be helpful. Read More

Posted March 9, 2006

Personal Data Assistant (PDA) Security Tips

The adoption of wireless, handheld devices is becoming widespread. Personal Digital Assistants such as Blackberry, smart phones, and removable storage devices enable mobile ad-hoc networking of the workforce and provide flexible enterprise data access. Read More

Posted October 20, 2005

Unique User Identification

The HIPAA Security Rule requires a “Unique User Identification” standard for systems holding electronic protected health information (EPHI). Read More

Posted August 18, 2005

What is Protected Health Information (PHI)?

PHI is individually identifiable health information which is created or received by a health care provider, health plan, or health care clearinghouse. Such information relates to the past, present or future physical health, mental health or condition of an individual. Read More

Posted June 20, 2005

Beware of Email Hoaxes

At any given moment, there are thousands of email hoaxes circulating on the Internet in the form of chain letters containing misleading information. Read More

Posted April 11, 2005

Treat Paper Records & Electronic Data Equally

Sensitive information on paper is the same as sensitive information on a computer. Both need to be protected from unauthorized access and should be treated with caution and discretion. Read More

Posted March 21, 2005

Safe Web Browsing

As the Web becomes more commonplace, web designers face increasing pressure to create web sites that are more visually appealing than their competitors. Read More

Posted February 28, 2005

Passwords ...revisitied

Passwords are the most vulnerable entry-point to our IT resources. Read More

Posted February 14, 2005

Instant Messaging or Instant Compromise?

Instant Messaging (IM) is a popular form of electronic communication that enables users to exchange text-based messages and files in real-time. Read More

Posted January 17, 2005

Email Safety

Electronic mail (email) is rapidly becoming the preferred method of business communication because it is fast, inexpensive, and relatively simple to use. Read More

Posted: February 1, 2005

The Perils of P2P File Sharing

Peer to Peer (P2P) file-sharing applications allows file sharing with other computers over the Internet. Some P2P applications include Limewire and Morpheus.. Read More

Posted January 3, 2005

Safeguard your Computer from Malware

“Malware” or malicious software is one of the greatest threats to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of electronic protected health information (EPHI). Read More

Posted December 6, 2004

Secure your Laptop

The portability of a laptop gives you the convenience of being able to work almost anywhere. This convenience, however, comes with increased risks. Read More

Posted November 22, 2004

Beware of Spyware

Spyware is software used to collect, record and transmit your computer information to a third party, in order to track your online viewing and spending habits. Read More

Posted November 8, 2004

Beware of “Phishing”

Many of us have become targets of “phishing”, where scammers send emails pretending to be from banks, credit card companies, or online retailers. Read More

Posted October 25, 2004

Monitor All Visitor Activities

Many of us receive on-campus visits from individuals who are not members of the University of Miami workforce. While we may carefully monitor the activities of visitors who are strangers, we often let our guard down when visitors are already known to us. Read More

Posted October 11, 2004

Back Up Your Data

The availability of electronic data (files, records, etc) to authorized individuals is critical to the continued operation of every enterprise. Read More

Posted September 24, 2004

Securing your Desktop

Locking your computer is a simple way to prevent unauthorized access to your machine. Read More

Posted September 13, 2004

A Word on Passwords

Our systems require the use of passwords to access the various networks and applications across our campus. Read More

Posted August 31, 2004

Steep Fines for HIPAA Violations

Last week, the two different organization have agreed to pay hefty fines in to settle potential HIPAA violations . What did both violators have in common? They each fell victim to hacking incidents that led to massive data exposures. Read More

Posted September 23, 2020