Stay Safe Online

Identity theft is a rapidly growing threat, and it thrives on poor security practices. Your best defense is to build good security habits and encourage everyone you know to do the same.

While computers and online services have become a familiar and ordinary part of our work and daily life, the Internet has many perils.

  • Information you post on the Internet and records of sites you have visited can be used for targeted advertising and less savory purposes.
  • Scam artists attempt to trick you into giving away your money, or giving away information that will let them steal your money.
  • If your computer is connected to the Internet, it is under constant attack, not by hackers engaged in sport but by criminal enterprises seeking to exploit computing resources to steal information, send spam emails, distribute illicit material, or attack other computers.

In this section

Security & Policy Blog Posts

  • We have received approximately 15 reports from faculty and staff who have had a fraudulent 2013 federal tax return submitted to the IRS in their name. There is no evidence the tax fraud is a result of a disclosure of information that originated from IU.
  • On March 24th 2014, Microsoft released an advisory describing a vulnerability in all supported versions of Microsoft Word.
  • Apple has released critical security updates to address a dangerous bug in Apple's implementation of SSL/TLS that affects multiple versions of iOS 6, iOS 7, Apple TV OS 6, OS X 10.9 (Maverics).
  • Older version of NTP with outdated configuration may allow servers to be used in a Denial of Service attack

    Recent Security Bulletins

  • Vulnerability in OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 before 1.0.1g
  • New ransomware named CryptoLocker threatens to destroy data unless a payment is made.
  • Critical Java Vulnerability included in Exploit Kit
  • This bulletin details four recently published, critical rated, vulnerabillies in Adobe ColdFusion and ways to mitigate the risk of them being exploited including the hotfix for supported versions.