Postings in the ‘Healthy Computing’ Category


Go change your Google password now. #SecureIT

February 13th, 2015 by Lynda S. LaRoche

The recent reports of cyber attacks on major companies and organizations reinforce the various steps we all should take to protect both ourselves and the University. Our most recent effort, DPU_Secure wireless, has provided you with a safer, more secure connection between your computing device and the various access points on campus.

Now it’s time to remind everyone about the importance of changing your Google Apps password regularly – preferably, at least every 6 months. As Google mentions in its Secure your passwords article at, passwords are the first line of defense against cyber criminals. Be sure to watch the short “How to create a strong password” video at the end of the article.

Another recommended resource that you might find useful is Google’s Gmail security checklist at Not only does this list offer you tips and tools for making your Google Apps email account more secure, but item #7 introduces you to 2-step verification.

Within the next month, 2-step verification will be an available option on your DePauw Google Account. Once it’s available, choosing to use it will make your account even more secure. 2-step verification can be thought of as something you do – Entering your password – with something you have – on the personal device you’ve linked to your account.

Watch for more #SecureIT information to come later.

Have a great weekend and go change your Google password now!

Use your knowledge of DePauw’s top ten security tips to be a winner. #AnnounceIT

October 27th, 2014 by Lynda S. LaRoche

As part of the final week of Cyber Security Awareness Week, Information Services would like to share the Top Ten Security Tips for DePauw Faculty and Staff to help you keep sensitive information safe. Please make sure you are aware of these ways to keep information secure and let us know if you have any questions.

Once you have read through the Top Ten Security Tips, you have an opportunity to win a Misfit Flash Fitness Band© by taking the CSAM Quiz and drawings for other prizes. Note: You will need to be logged in to your Google Apps Mail Account to access the quiz.

Go to the IT KnowledgeBase article Healthy Computing for additional information on protecting your data, your computer, and yourself.

Practice preventive care for healthy computing during Cyber Security Awareness Week – #AnnounceIT

October 31st, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Staying healthy through diet and exercise is a good practice for everyone, but what types of preventive care do you practice when it comes to healthy computing?

Information Services recommends going to the IT KnowledgeBase article Healthy Computing where you can learn more about:

  • Best practices for backing up your computer in case of accidents or virus attacks
  • Tips for managing your files including a table describing where to store specific types of information
  • Microsoft’s Healthy Computer Guide
  • Identity theft
  • Malware, including how to download and use Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • Spam

As always, let us know what’s on your mind when it comes to Healthy Computing by contacting us at or (765) 658-4294.

Calculate your risk for identity theft during Cyber Security Awareness Week – #AnnounceIT

October 30th, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Identity theft is a growing risk due to an increased interest in online banking, social networking sites, mobile downloads, online gaming, and other popular online activities. Gaining a better awareness of your level of exposure and adopting Healthy Computing practices are steps you can take to reduce your risk to identity theft.

Stay Safe Online, powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance, offers an online identity risk calculator designed to help you discover how your online activities may potentially make you more vulnerable to identity theft.

Healthy Computing practices to consider include:
  • Saving passwords on your computer may be convenient, but it also opens up your computer to vulnerabilities, including identity theft. Reduce your risks by following these step-by-step instructions
  • Never share passwords, your social security number, date-of-birth, or other personal information through email
  • Ask yourself if sharing personal information on social networking sites with your 327 “friends” is really the safest thing for you to do – do you really want all of them, and their 418 “friends”, to know you are on vacation and your house is empty?
  • That sweepstakes or free gift you just won that sounds too good to be true, could arrive with a price tag of a trojan horse, computer virus, or other form of malware when you enter your contact information

As always, let us know what’s on your mind when it comes to Healthy Computing by contacting us at or (765) 658-4294.

Protect your computer from malware during Cyber Security Awareness Week – #AnnounceIT

October 29th, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Viruses, worms, trojan horses, and other forms of malware are specifically designed to damage or disable your computer. Cyber Security Awareness Week is a good time for you to learn more about protecting your computer against these malicious programs.

Information Services recommends going to the IT KnowledgeBase article Protecting your computer from malware to create a safer, more healthy environment on your computer by:

  • Reducing your virus risks
  • Using Symantec Anti-Virus Corporate Edition, which is provided free of charge to all students and for all campus-owned computers
  • Downloading Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware

As always, let us know what’s on your mind when it comes to Healthy Computing by contacting us at or (765) 658-4294.

Create a more safe and secure computing environment during Cyber Security Awareness Week – #AnnounceIT

October 28th, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Information Services is celebrating Cyber Security Awareness Week by offering students, faculty, and staff opportunities to learn more about creating a more safe and securing computing environment.

Did you know the IT KnowledgeBase offers Healthy Computing information to help you protect yourself from phishing scams like the one that hit campus last week?

Go to the Spam article to learn about:

  • DePauw’s guidelines for official communications
  • How you can remove spam from your Google Apps Mail account
  • Read an interesting article from Google about phishing
  • Find practical tips and information from the Federal Trade Commission

As always, let us know what’s on your mind when it comes to Healthy Computing by contacting us at or (765) 658-4294.

Last Chance to Win a Flip Camera!

October 28th, 2011 by Lynda S. LaRoche

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

One Byte is all it takes….

Refresh and Test your Cyber Security Skills at

The more you participate, the more chances you have to win!
See Rules and Points for details.

Want to win a cool prize set? Enter the 1011 CyberSecurity Awareness Week (CSAW) Video Contest!

September 29th, 2011 by Lynda S. LaRoche

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month – Check out what’s going on at DePauw

October 5th, 2010 by Carol L. Smith


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and Information Services is sponsoring several activities and events  to help everyone in the DePauw community understand  cyber security issues and how to protect themselves.

Highlights include:

Oct. 5 – Oct. 31

Help The CyberCats catch the cyber-villains

The CyberCats need your help in catching four cyber villains around campus. Look for web links on posters and in tech-notice email explaining how you can win!

Oct. 7 – Oct. 24

Cyber Security Awareness Week Video Contest

Oct. 11 – Oct. 29

Prove you have Symantec Anti-Virus or Malwarebytes installed on your computer and up-to-date.

Bring your computer to the Helpdesk or the Digital Media Lab and prove you have either Symantec anti-virus or Malwarebytes installed and up-to-date for a chance to win an iTunes or Amazon gift card.

Download both now!

Oct. 25 – Oct. 29

Cyber Security Awareness Week at DePauw

Visit the Cyber Security Awareness Website for more details and information about how you can prevent cyber crime and data loss.

Cyber Security villains foiled again — contest winners announced!

November 17th, 2009 by asmock

Contributed by Emily Riggs ’11, ITAP Communication Consultant

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month. In past years, DePauw University chose to spend the last week in October to educate students and faculty about cyber security. This year, the Student Technology Support team at DePauw decided to start the fun a little earlier and offered many opportunities and activities to raise awareness of the issues throughout the month. Cyber Security Awareness Month is a great opportunity to educate students, faculty and staff on many topics related to cyber security, including virus scanning, protection of digital data, prevention of stolen identities through the internet, and education about simple computer maintenance. The increase in awareness and education of these issues is not only of great benefit to individuals; it also helps create a safer technological environment for everyone on campus.