Cyber Security Awareness

ncsamOctober is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The theme for the month is "Our Shared Responsibility". In recognition of that theme, each week we will be focusing on a different security topic and providing tips and resources that you can use to help keep your computing experience at Pitt safe and secure. So be sure to check back each week!

We also have a great lineup of events planned this month, including our second annual Cyber Security Scarehouse on Monday, October 27. Details will be updated regularly below. We hope to see you there!


Cyber Security Scarehouse: October 27


Our Cyber Security Scarehouse offers students an opportunity to learn essential security tips and tools while having a great time. This year's Scarehouse will take place on Monday, October 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room, Ballroom, and Kurtzman room.

Stop by for free T-shirts and a chance to win one of three Microsoft Surface tablets! We'll also have some delicious refreshments (lemonade, popcorn, cookies, brownies) and some spooky guests, including a tarot card reader, palm reader, balloon artist, and caricature artist.

If you are brave enough to make it all the way through our Scarehouse, you will be better prepared to ward off some of the really scary stuff that we see every day: viruses, hackers, phishing scammers, laptop thieves, and more.

Weekly Security Topics

Week 1: Choose a Strong Password


Password tips

Learn more >


Week 2: Virus Prevention and Removal

Virus prevention and removal

Week 3: Spam and Phishing Awareness



Security Tip of the Day

10/7---Protect your computer against viruses with Symantec Endpoint Protection. You can download it right from My Pitt. Download Symantec >

10/8---Download Malwarebytes and use it in tandem with Symantec Endpoint Protection to guard against harmful software. Download Malwarebytes >

10/9---USB flash drives and other external devices can be infected by viruses. Use your security software to scan them.

10/10---Need help removing a virus? Stop by the Technology Services Desk at the University Store on Fifth for help. Tech support for students>

10/13---Phishing scams use fake emails or web sites to attempt to trick you into divulging personal information. Don't take the bait >

10/14---If an email looks phishy, do not click on any links, open any attachments, or provide personal information. Do contact the Help Desk >

10/15---Be suspicious of emails that request personal information, contain spelling errors, or ask you to click on a link.

10/16---You can keep tabs on recent phishing scams affecting the University on the Information Technology site. Check the latest security alerts >

10/20---Be careful how much personal info you provide on social networking sites. The more information you post, the easier it may be for a hacker or someone else to use that information to steal your identity, access your data, or commit other crimes such as stalking.

10/21---Learn about and use the privacy and security settings on your social networking sites.

10/22---Protect your reputation on social networks. What you post online stays online. Think twice before posting pictures you wouldn't want your parents or future employers to see.

10/23---Recruiters respond to a strong, positive personal brand online. So demonstrate your mastery of the social media environment and showcase your talents.

10/24---Be cautious about clicking links in messages on social networking sites. Even links that look they come from friends can sometimes contain harmful software or be part of a phishing attack.

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Previous Cyber Security Awareness Videos

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