UNF Cyber Security Awareness Month Activities

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Information Technology Services will sponsor events that focus on several areas of online information security. Weekly themes include:

  • Social Media Privacy: Oct. 7 to Oct. 11
  • Protect Mobile Devices: Oct. 14 to Oct. 18
  • Fend Off Phishing and Cyber Scams: Oct. 21 to Oct. 25
  • Be Safe Online: Oct. 28 to Oct. 31



Below are the activities that ITS will provide during the month of October to increase awareness and prevention of online security problems at UNF.

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Week One: October 7-11 

Social Media Privacy: Reputation Protection. Is your reputation on the line? We'll look at being public on social media while protecting your privacy. What do you have to lose? Maybe a lot.


Tip of the Week:  

Five Tips for Being Private with Social Media  


The popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and others has expanded tremendously in recent years, with nearly two-thirds of Americans using these sites regularly. These sites are prime targets for malware distribution and scams because of the volume of users and the amount of personal information being posted. As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, ITS offers these five tips for staying private with social media.  

  1. Don't assume privacy. Confidential information should never be shared. Only post information that you are comfortable sharing with a stranger.  
  2. Don't sign up for a social networking account using your UNF email address. Create a new email address strictly to connect with your social networking profiles. Use a strong password.
  3. Be cautious of scams. Criminals take advantage of the open nature of social networking sites to defraud individuals. Be cautious when contacted on a social networking site with a request for money or with an offer that’s surprisingly good.   
  4. Review a site's privacy policy. Some sites may share information such as email addresses or user preferences with other parties. If a site's privacy policy is vague or does not properly protect your information, do not use the site. 
  5. Be cautious of installing applications. Some social networking sites provide the ability to add or install third party applications or “apps”, such as games. Keep in mind there is little or no quality control or review of these apps and they may have full access to your account and the data you share.   

Week Two: October 14-18 

Protect Mobile Devices. Learn how to protect your mobile device, whether a laptop, tablet, smartphone or in between, and keep them safe when on the move.


Tip of the Week:  

Put a Passcode on your Mobile Device

Cell phones and tablets get lost or stolen every day. A study by Symantec found 96% of lost smartphones are accessed by their finders. Protect your information by setting up a passcode on your smartphone or tablet that locks your device when not in use. Click here for directions on setting up a password or PIN for your smartphone.   


Week Three: October 21-25 

Fend Off Phishing & Cyber Scams. Be alert and Informed. This week focuses on raising your level of awareness. We'll teach you how to fend off fishing attacks, spot scams, navigate safely online, and more.


Fend Off Phishing & Cyber Scams Webinar 

Join the campus for an online presentation on cyber security scams on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 12 to 1 p.m.  As part of Cyber Security Awareness month, Information Technology Services will host a talk on how to fend off phishing attacks, spot scams, navigate safely online, and more. Register for the webinar at http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E959D782854730. Questions may be directed to Alison Cruess at acruess@unf.edu or 904-620-2583.  


Week Four: October 28-31  

Be Safe Online. Take Control. In the end, only you are responsible for your own safety. We wrap up the month by pulling it all together with an informal town hall discussion that focuses on cyber security best practices.


Swoop with the IT Group Town Hall  

As part of Cyber Security Awareness month, Information Technology Services will hold “Swoop with the IT Group, a town hall meeting, on Monday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Union West, Room 3703, Ballroom B. ITS staff will present best practices for online safety and share the latest and greatest campus technology services. Refreshments will be served. Bring your questions and “Swoop” with ITS at this interactive and informative gathering.  Register for “Swoop with the IT Group” at http://unf.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_71K0yQB7QCnLUr3. Questions may be directed to Alison Cruess at acruess@unf.edu or 904-620-2583