Security Articles

How to protect against phishing, malware, and other threats.

Articles (12)

Pinned Article Introduction to Duo

Duo is Ithaca College's multifactor authentication (MFA) tool, which provides more robust security compared to only using a password, and minimizes the chance of unauthorized access to your accounts.

Pinned Article Recognizing Phishing Emails

Phishing is defined as trying to obtain financial or other confidential information from someone by imitating a trusted organization or person. This article explains how to spot phishing emails, including some helpful examples of real phishing attempts at IC.

Best Practices for Mobile Device Security

Mobile devices and tablets run applications to perform a variety of functions. These device functions range from operations as simple as web browsing and e-mail to more complex functions, like multimedia editing and file access. They can connect to wireless networks and can often include the ability to connect directly to cellular data services, even when outside the range of a Wi-Fi signal. This article covers best practices for mobile device security.

Duo Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Setup Guide

This guide covers configuration options for Duo, which is Ithaca College's multi-factor authentication (MFA) tool. MFA provides more robust security compared to only using a password, minimizing the chance of unauthorized access to your accounts.

FAQ: Duo Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

This article covers common questions around the Duo Multi Factor Authentication Service.

FAQ: Malware

This article answers some frequently asked questions about malware.

FAQ: Ransomware

This article answers some frequently asked questions about ransomware.

IC Copyright Resources

It is the policy of Ithaca College to comply with the United States Copyright Act of 1976 as amended, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2002. All reproduction or use of copyrighted materials must comply with the provisions of the law.

Quick Guide: Windows Defender

Ithaca College IT provides an anti-virus/anti-malware program from Microsoft for all college-owned Windows and macOS computers. For Windows, the program is called either Windows Defender or System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP). For MacOS devices Crowdstrike Falcon Protect is used. This guide describes how to scan your computer using this software to search for malicious programs.

Quick Guide: Windows Defender Offline

Windows Defender Offline is a powerful anti-virus tool built into Windows 10. It detects and removes malware that can hide from conventional anti-virus software. This guide describes how to scan your computer with Windows Defender Offline.

Recommended Virtual Private Network (VPN) Providers

A virtual private network (VPN) establishes a secure connection between your computer and the VPN server in the internet. This means that no one besides the VPN provider can see your traffic, so you can browse the internet without other people on an unprotected Wifi network or your internet service provider seeing what you do. Ithaca College’s GlobalProtect VPN does not provide all of these features, so this article contains recommendations for 3rd party VPN providers.

Reporting Computer Abuse

At Ithaca College, behavior regarding the use of technology and computers is governed by the All College Computer Use policy, the College Web and Information Systems policy and the Student Conduct Code. In general, if you wouldn't do it in the real world, don't do it in the cyber world.