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Read the latest information announcements and alerts from the IT Services Security team.

Back-to-School Cybersecurity 

Over 200,000 UC students will be starting classes over the next couple of months. The new school year is an exciting time for students, faculty, and staff. It’s also an exciting time for hackers, identity thieves, and other unscrupulous types who take advantage of people during this busy time of year.

Watch out for typical beginning-of-the-year scams:

  • Emails supposedly containing “important information about your UC account,” or a “problem with your registration”
  • Scams specifically designed to cheat students out of money, such as scholarship scams, fake “tuition payment processors”, textbook rental or book-buying scams, housing scams, tutoring scams, and work-from-home scams
  • “Tech support” scams where you get a call supposedly from “ResNet” or “the Service Desk” or even “Microsoft” or “Apple” telling you there’s a problem with your computer
  • IRS impersonators demanding that students or their parents wire money immediately to pay a fake "federal student tax"
  • Messages with links to fake login pages
  • Messages asking for your login information, no matter how legitimate they may look. No one other than you needs to know your passwords
  • Fake friend requests on social media
  • Fake Box or Google Doc notices

Be sure to watch the Cyber Security Awareness Tips video for UC's 8 habits of cybersecurity (video credit, UCSB):


Cybersecurity announcements

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