IT Lessons from the 2016 Elections

IT Lessons from the 2016 Elections

No, this isn't about politics, so... it's safe to read on!

This is the election where politics and technology collided. With hacked emails, Twitterstorms, leaks, Internet outages and foreign intervention, at times our democracy seemed to hang by bits and bytes. So, what have we learned by election day?

#1 Be careful of the Phish. If you receive an email stating your account is potentially compromised, your quota has been used up, or you must change your password:

•Check the from address in the email. If it looks at all suspicious, it probably is bad for you.

•Hover your mouse over any links in the email they want you to click on, make sure the link is going to a trusted site. If you click on the link, make sure the address you are taken to in the address bar is where you expect to be.

•If you are asked to reply with information, check the reply TO: email address in the To: section of the return email, make sure it’s not going to an unknown address.

#2  Using your personal account for sensitive data might not be a great idea. At times, you might be tempted to forward an email to a personal account because it makes you more productive while you are away. Lesson learned? Always err on the side of security. We deal with sensitive student information every day. Cal Lutheran spends enormous resources keeping our campus email secure. The moment you forward that information to Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or a personal Dropbox, the chain of custody is broken.  

#3  Relationships may last a lifetime, but a Tweet lasts forever. Mic drop.

#4  Sharing a computer with someone (even your spouse) can ruin your day, month, year, decade, etc. Not that this could happen to you, but keep in mind that personal computers are subpoenaed in civil and criminal cases.

This Week’s Links:

Where Do I Vote?
Submitted by: Don Warrick - IT Training Program Manager

Topical Newletters from
Submitted by: Vicki Danko  - Manager-Strategic Applications

'Leonardo's Scribbles'
Submitted by: ITS et al

And Remember, no one from ITS will ever ask you for your password