Stay Safe Online

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Did you know...


  • It takes hackers only 9 minutes to crack an 8 character password.
  • You should use unique passwords for every account you create.
  • Passwords are not enough - you should use two-factor authentication (2FA) whenever possible. 
These are a few of many messages shared by Jenny Blaine at a recent Stay Safe Online presentation. Jenny is a Security Analyst with the University’s Information Security office. She reminded us that scams are nothing new except now they are more sophisticated, online, on your phone and on social media. Her presentation was not meant to scare us but rather inform us about ways we can protect ourselves.

Here are more resources and examples of what she shared:
Jenny is presenting her Stay Safe Online workshop at Extension staff conference this Thursday. It will be well worth your time!

Extension Technology at Staff Conference

We are looking forward to seeing you at staff conference and hope you join us in one or more of our workshops:

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Extension Quick Bytes Technology Demonstrations, Room 155
Join us for a look at several new tools you can use for collaboration, productivity, teaching and work/life balance. We will provide simultaneous small group demonstrations and use cases, giving you the information you need to decide if it would work for you. The open format will allow you to choose which demos you want to see, or see them all! This fun session will give you dozens of ideas and reboot your brain for fresh perspectives on how to enhance your work

10:55 - 11:55 am

Extension Quick Bytes Technology Demonstrations, Room 155 (repeat)

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Editing Educational Videos: Hands-on workshop, Room 230 LES
If you have ever taken video on a mobile device or camera and would like to learn how to edit and share your video, this workshop is for you! This hands-on workshop will teach you how to produce fast and easy educational videos. The primary focus here is on the editing and publishing piece of production. This workshop is intended for people who have previous experience shooting basic videos on mobile devices. Laptops provided. Limited to 30. Pre-registration required.

3:05 - 4:00 pm

Advanced PowerPoint: Slides that are compelling, creative and quick, Room 156
Would you like to raise the quality of your presentations and visuals? Learn advanced PowerPoint design best practices and easy ways to improve visualization of your numeric and non-numeric data. We'll show makeovers of different types of visuals (visuals donated by your Extension colleagues!) that will demonstrate how to improve your data visualization with quick changes using basic Microsoft Office software.



2 comments:

  1. Alexis TroschinetzMay 17, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Typically, if I receive an email that looks suspicious, I just mark it as Spam in Gmail. Is that not sufficient? Should I actually be emailing abuse@umn.edu and phishing@umn.edu in addition? Thanks for all the good work you guys do!

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  2. Marking email as spam in Gmail helps Google get better at automatically marking similar messages as spam. Reporting suspicious emails or suspected phishing attempts to phishing@umn.edu helps notify the University. And of course contact Technology Help (1-HELP) right away if you suspect you might have fallen victim to a scam. Thanks for reading Quick Bytes!

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