Security Reminder


Security Reminder:

The following information will help to educate and enhance your security awareness.

  • Defensive Internet Browsing: What is the domain name?  How do I know this is the legitimate Iowa State University website?  Check this video.
  • Phishing Email & Tiny URLs: How to identify if this is a phishing Email?  You can learn good tips from this video.  To expand tiny URLs, you can copy the tiny URL link from your Email to to reveal the real URL address.
  • Commonly Used ISU URLs: This video will show you commonly used ISU URLs.
  • General Internet Safety: To learn more general internet safety practices, you can visit

Keep your information private: IT @ ISU News (February 2018)

  1. Decide what you consider "private" information. This can include the basics, like your Social Security Number, Bank account and PIN numbers, or things like your current location and the names of your pets.
  2. Secure your home Wi-Fi network. When in a public area or at work, make sure you're using a secured router or internet connection.
  3. Use strong, unique passwords for, at least, your most important accounts; use a different password for your work and personal emails, bank sign-ins, and any other site or service that may have personally identifiable information.
  4. Never give out personal information unless you are completely certain the person or institution asking needs it. Even if it is needed, ask how they'll protect it.
  5. Shred paper documents that have any personal information on them.
  6. Encrypt your data on all your devices. If you can't encrypt data, don't use the device to send, receive, or store personal information.
  7. Check your phone apps to see what kind of information it is collecting.
  8. Watch out for phishing emails, phone impersonators, etc. Organizations, such as banks or ISU, will never ask for personal information through email or on the phone.
  9. Share only what you need to on Social Media. Sometimes it is easy to share more information than intended.
  10. Check your digital footprint regularly. How many sites store your credit card or personal information? Are there any sensitive documents stored somewhere that they don't need to be? The more you do to reduce the amount of sensitive data online, the better off you'll be.