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Safety First: Getting Online During Spring Break


While we may be taking a break from school (and work) during Spring Break, the bad guys are hard at work. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe online.

  • Be wary of emails with a sense of urgency requesting you take immediate action before returning to campus. Contact the sending department by phone or the OIT HelpDesk for verification.
  • Connect to Eduroam for secure wireless access at many world-wide institutions. Learn more about Eduroam.
  • Don’t do anything via public WiFi that you wouldn’t want an eavesdropper to know — including logging into accounts with passwords. Use public WiFi for topics of conversation you would happily discuss in public.
  • Connect to UT’s virtual private network (VPN) to access UT resources securely, such as your pay statement or MyUTK.
  • Don’t let your device connect to public WiFi spots automatically.
  • Check with the establishment you’re at to make sure the network you log onto is theirs, and not one a snoop has set up to trick you.

For more tips on protecting your UT account, check out the OIT website.