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Keeping You and Your Devices Safe at UB

Learn about avoiding email scams, protecting your devices and where to get to help if you've been hacked.

Connect to UB resources and protect your personal information from off campus using UB VPN AnyConnect.

Get for free Symantec Endpoint Protection to prevent viruses and Identify Finder to check for credit card or Social Security numbers. Read recommendations for securing your mobile device.

Don't let your device get compromised. Microsoft and Apple recommend applying your operating system updates (Windows, Macintosh).

Common Questions

Insterested in security awareness training for your department?

The Information Security Office manages training for interested UB departments called Fundamentals of Information Security (located in UB EDGE). The course covers security best practices to prevent, detect and respond to information security threats. In 30 minutes or less, it covers essential topics such as password management, identity theft, malware and social engineering. Contact the Information Security Office for more information or to request access to the course.

Faculty/Staff: What are the policies for handling university data?

Compliance at UB involves ensuring that we adhere to internal policies, as well as state and federal laws. Read the UB Computer and Network Use policy and learn more about what are your responsibilities and the secure information lifecycle.

How do I remove personal information if I want to sell my computer?

Find instructions for disposing old equipment and cleaning off your computer before you recycle it.

My access to ResNet was taken away because of a computer virus. What can I do?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.

Everyone talks about being careful with Social Media. What does UB recommend?

Becoming familiar with how Facebook works and other social media is important.  Here are some safeguards.

What can I do to keep my laptop from being stolen?

Invest in a laptop lock to physically secure it and you can purchase software such as LoJack so your laptop can be tracked and possibly recovered if stolen.

How could I be compromised and what can I do?

Read our Common Ways to be Compromised, learn about handling common infections and take precautions.

How can I make my browser harder to hack?

What do I need to know about downloading music, videos, games, and other media?

If you are using a peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing program or have set up an ftp server, make sure that you are not "serving" copyright-protected materials to the world. If the University is notified by policing organizations such as the RIAA, MPAA, or their agents, you will be requested to appear at UB's Computer Discipline Office to discuss the complaint. Failure to appear could result in deactivation of your UBIT privileges. Learn more about the Digital Millienilum Copyright Act (DMCA).

Contact the UBIT Help Center

Have a UBITName? You may also use the UBIT Help Center Online (login required).

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