Cyber Security Awareness Month

We lead Web-based, digital lives. From personal computers, smartphones, and tablets, e-book readers, to working, shopping, and social networking, virtually every aspect of our lives touches the digital world. Even when we are not directly connected to the Internet, this vast worldwide connection of computers, data, and websites supports our everyday lives through financial transactions, transportation systems, healthcare records, emergency response systems, personal communications, and more.

This reliance increases as digital technology advances and high speed Internet access becomes more widespread. Yet, if we are to maximize the convenience, speed, and future potential of a digital society, we must protect the resource that makes it possible.

The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility, the theme for 2012 National Cyber Security Awareness Month from

Did someone log into your Bmail account?
It’s easy to find out. Log into Bmail. Look at the very bottom of your page, just below your inbox. Near the words “Last account activity” you’ll see a link for [i]Details{/i]. Click it to find out where and when your Bmail account has been accessed recently.  If you’ve accessed Bmail from a computer on Bucknell’s campus, you’ll see an IP address that starts off

L&IT will never ask you to provide your username and password!

We won’t delete your account, or limit your quota, or keep you on our records, or do any of the many things you might see in an email. Requests for this information are called Phishing, and they are attempts to get you to provide your information to someone who wants to use it for the wrong purposes.

If you ever get email that says it is from the Tech Desk, or Bucknell Team, or Windows Admin, or any other organization, and it asks you to go to a web page or submit your username and password, just delete it.

We don’t need your username, and we won’t ask you to submit it to us via a web page. While we send out information, we will never ask you for your username and password!

Are laptops stolen from the library?

Yes, every year, several laptops are stolen from the library. Of course, they were just sitting there, unattended, in some cases for hours.  Could these thefts have been prevented for $22?

Yes, because that’s all a laptop lock costs. They work on Macs and PCs, and if you’re sitting in the library and decide you don’t want to pack up your laptop while you go to the Bison for dinner, that could be the best $22 you ever spent!  Or, do you want to be the person explaining to their parents that you just left your $1500 laptop sitting by itself in a public place for an hour or two?

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