Category Archives: Security Awareness

Two-Factor Authentication Coming to SMU

Later this month, OIT will begin rolling out two-factor authentication to certain online SMU systems, starting with Employee.SMU. The two-factor authentication will be handled by a third party called Duo Security. What is Two-Factor Authentication? Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds a second layer of … Continue reading

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Phishing Alert: Information Update

There is a phishing attempt circulating which requests that you update your MySMU portal information. This is not legitimate. Please do not click on the link or provide your credentials. If you have done so, please change your password immediately … Continue reading

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Protect Yourself: Methods to Protect your SMU Accounts and Data

We’ve all been there. After a long busy day in classes you rush to print out that big project at the library. Your class is just five minutes away, so you rush away without logging off of the public computer. … Continue reading

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Thinking of Using SMU Email for Your Marketing? Think Again.

With over 11,000 students available to you through the Outlook address book, you might think this is a great group to market your services or product. They are SMU students. You are a SMU student. You have that natural connection and why … Continue reading

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Password Managers: What are they and should I use one?

For those who are challenged with managing multiple different passwords for different accounts they might consider using a password manager, also known as a password vault. A password manager is a piece of software that helps someone to organize their … Continue reading

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Phishing Exercises Coming Soon.

No. It’s not about fish doing Zumba. Twice per year, SMU conducts a simulated phishing exercise where the University sends a simulated phishing message to employees based on the types of phishing messages we have most recently received.  Last year, … Continue reading

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Security Alert: Windows 10 Upgrade Scam

Microsoft is in the process of releasing their new Windows 10 Operating System. The software will be available to download free of charge. Please read carefully! There are several scams circulating around this new release.  The scammers are pretending to be … Continue reading

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Updating Emergency Contacts in my.SMU

If you haven’t recently, it’s a good time to update your emergency contacts in my.SMU. Faculty & Staff Instructions From the landing page, select Personal Information located under Employee Self – Service. Click on Emergency Contacts. Click Add Emergency Contact. … Continue reading

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Microsoft Forefront Replacement Coming this Month!

Microsoft is discontinuing support for and replacing Forefront, our licensed anti-virus application for SMU Windows machines, with a solution called Endpoint Protection.  OIT will begin deploying this replacement product via LanDesk over the next several weeks. About Endpoint Protection Endpoint … Continue reading

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