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Get Secure is a campus wide movement to educate and empower students, staff and faculty to protect themselves and their devices.  Below you will find some interesting tips and hints, probably some of them you haven't thought of. 


“Lets Go Phishing” 

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. For information on how to identify these types of messages, please visit:



“Know Your Friends”

Be careful of who you accept as your “Friend”.  You never know where your personal information could end up, or who is actually trying to gain access to your information for wrong doing.


“Do You Want That on the Evening News”

Some photos may seem humorous among friends; however, they can also be posted to other internet sites with links to your name.  Employers often search the internet during the screening process, be careful with photos and posts.  You never know who is watching!



“What does Google Say”

Search for your name on your favorite search engine, you may be surprised on what could come up.  You can also log out of Facebook and then bring up your page to show how your page appears to the public.


“Keep it Private”

Never post sensitive information on your wall or anywhere else in Facebook.  Your address, phone number, etc. could be used for identity theft.  Hide required personal information through privacy settings.  Never post that you will be on vacation or away from home for an extended period of time.  People have actually been robbed using careless postings on Facebook or Twitter.  Wait until you return to share your stories and photos.


“If it looks too good to be true…”

Don’t believe those scam titles…you have not won the lottery, unclaimed inheritance or an iPod Nano.  It’s probably a phishing e-mail or scam.  Delete the e-mail without opening it.  Some common scams include but are not limited to: bogus business opportunities, work-at-home schemes, “free” goods, investment opportunities, and foreign lotteries.


“Don’t be Fooled”

If you see a website that asks you for odd information, such as your credit card number and credit card pin, exit out and do not respond with any account information.  FGCU and other reputable organizations will NEVER ask you for your password via e-mail, phone, or any other method.  Your password should never be shared with anyone else.  Be aware that the e-mails can look legitimate with real company logos, don’t be scared into giving out any personal information.  If you are concerned, contact the company directly regarding the notice.


“Lock it Up”

The first step in securing your laptop, phone or other mobile device is to put a password on it.  In addition, always lock your laptop or desktop screen when you step away and use a screen guard to protect your data from prying eyes.  You should write down your computer/device serial number in case it is stolen, and you can get laptop trace software such as laptoplojack to locate it.  Encrypting your data and setting up a backup schedule is great way to protect its contents. For more information please click here.