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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Own it. Secure it. Protect it.

Ever year, organizations around the country recognize National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Our goal is to ensure that every person has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. Come back to read a new article each week and stay connected with NCSAM.

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Own Your Responsibility on Social Media

October 9, 2019

Social media is a great resource, but it doesn’t come without risks for you, your family, your friends, and your employer. When risk is present, we have a responsibility to keep ourselves and our community safe.

This week, we highlight three areas of responsibility when using social media sites.


Cybsersecurity at Biola - One Year Later

October 3, 2019

One year ago, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018, Biola launched our university’s Information Security Program.

So what have we being doing at Biola to stay secure?

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Is My Smartphone Secure?

September 19, 2019

This month, we explain the many ways you can protect the information on your smartphone.

Don't Pay the Ransom

August 16, 2019

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts your files so that you can’t open them without a decryption key.

With a few simple habits, you can protect yourself and Biola against ransomware attacks.

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Data Security Training at Biola

August 14, 2019

Biola requires all employees to complete mandatory data security training every year. IT assigns the training through the EverFi system.

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Don't Forget to Back Up

July 23, 2019

Data is valuable. No one wants to lose the information stored on their computers.

The only way to protect yourself against data loss is through regular backups.

Safeguard Your WiFi Activity with VPN

June 17, 2019

Everyone likes free WiFi. But when you're doing Biola work from off campus, you need to make sure your network connection is protected from cyber attackers trying to steal your sensitive information.

You can use Biola’s VPN (Virtual Private Network) service to solve this problem..

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Simulated Phishing at Biola

May 13, 2019

Simulated phishing is when an organization sends fake phishing emails to employees for the sake of training personnel to recognize phishing, and to gather response data.

At Biola, we use a simulated phishing tool called KnowBe4.

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Protect Your Tech While Traveling

May 8, 2019

It’s the end of another year at Biola, and many of us have travel plans for the summer. So this month, we share tips for protecting your technology and personal information while traveling.

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Keep What's Private, Private

April 15, 2019

We know that cyber attackers can target you using information they find on public websites.

But what about social network sites, where you choose what you reveal about yourself online? Your interests, location, habits, friends, and family. Attackers can use this information for nefarious purposes.

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They Know Who You Are

March 15, 2019

Stay on guard.

Nearly every week, we see cyber attackers target specific Biola employees using personal information they find online. Learn how to best defend yourself against these targeted attacks.

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Share Access, Not Passwords

February 14, 2019

We all know sharing passwords is unsafe. And yet, nearly every week, Biola employees log in to a coworker’s computer or email account. This is a security risk.

This month, we give you solutions for sharing data access without sharing passwords.

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Build the Unhackable Passphrase

January 15, 2019

Passphrases are more secure than traditional passwords against common hacking techniques, but are easier to create and to remember. Learn how you can create a passphrase that takes over 330 billion years to crack.

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Stop Email Hackers with Google 2-Step

December 10, 2018

Turn on Google 2-Step Verification for your Biola email account right away. 2-Step is your best defense against phishing attacks. It takes about a minute to set up.

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How to Avoid Getting Phished

November 9, 2018

Last year, nearly 500 Biolans were phished in a single day. You are a target for phishing attacks. Learn how to recognize phishing attacks, to make sure that you don't take the bait.

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3 Easy Ways to Protect your Personal Information

October 15, 2018

In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, here are 3 easy things you can do right now to protect your personal information and stay safe online.

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Equipping Biola Against Cyber Threats

October 1, 2018

Cyber attacks happen every day, and any one of us could be the point of a Biola data breach. In conjunction with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Biola's Information Security team is launching a new information security program for the university.

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Protecting Your Account with 2-Factor Authentication

October 1, 2018

Learn how to use 2-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra layer of security on top of your password. Use 2FA to keep other people out of your account, and set up the best defense against phishing attacks.