Protecting yourself from Ransomware with CrashPlan

Due to the recent ransomware outbreak, the Office of Information Technology would like to remind you to be alert for suspicious emails/websites and to regularly update and backup your computer.

CrashplanTo assist with the backup, the University provides CrashPlan to your primary University-owned computer. Please make sure that you have CrashPlan installed on your SMU computer and that your computer is backed up.

If you have any questions or concerns about using CrashPlan or backing up your computer, please contact the IT Help Desk at 214-768-HELP or

OIT also recommends that you verify your personal computers are regularly backed up with a third-party cloud-based backup service or external hard drives. Unfortunately, IT Help Desk cannot support backups of personal computers.

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and, for much of his career at the University, had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at