Cyber Security Tips

Fall 2018 Tips

December 3 – December 9

Just Hang Up! Real police will never call you to make threats and demand money over the phone! Hang up as soon as you recognize a fraudulent call. Report scammers to the real police by calling 575-646-3311.

October 22 – October 28

Final Main Campus Cyber Security Presentation: Thursday, Nov. 01, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, HJLC 210. Visit for more information. Cyber Security Tip: Memorize your passphrase. Don't write it down!

October 22 – October 28

Attention Students! Stay safe online with Sophos Anti-Virus! Available to all NMSU students at no cost at Sophos Anti-Virus software provides protection from viruses, Trojans, worms, and malicious spyware.

October 15 – October 21

Stepping away? 'Windows Key' + 'L' will lock your computer. Never leave a computer logged in and unattended, even if you will only be gone for a moment! Cyber Security Presentation! Thursday, October 18, 4:00 - 5:00 pm in Thomas & Brown 104. Visit for more information.

October 8 – October 14

Do you keep your whole life on your phone? Use a code or passphrase to keep snoopers out. Cyber Security Month Presentations - Open to all students, staff, and faculty. Wednesday, October 10th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, OH 111 | Friday, October 12th, 9:30 - 10:30 am, HJLC 230, This presentation will be webcast. Visit for more info. ICT Student Technology & Planning

October 1 – October 7

Cyber Security Month Presentations: Wednesday, Oct. 3rd 3:30 - 4:30 pm, HJLC 225 | Friday, Oct. 5th, 8:30 - 9:30 am, GT 194. Open to all students, staff, and faculty. Look for more presentations all month long! Visit for more! Don't get phished. Know the signs: emails asking for sensitive information/details, suspicious/unsolicited emails, fake links.

September 24 – September 30

Open to all students, staff, and faculty. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, HJLC 225 | Friday, Oct. 5, 8:30 - 9:30 am, GT 194 | Wednesday, Oct. 10, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, OH 111 | Friday, Oct. 12, 9:30 - 10:30 am, HJLC 230 | Thursday, Oct. 18, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, TB 104 | Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, HJLC 225. Visit for more information! ICT Student Technology & Planning

Summer 2018 Tips

July 5 – July 15

Things you should never do with your passphrase: 1. Leave it lying around on a piece of paper. 2. Send it through text or email. 3. Share it with anybody. NMSU will never ask you for you passphrase or any other private information through email. Your passphrase is your passphrase, keep it to yourself!

June 12 – June 17ICT Security Advisory. Home Routers at Risk - U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Warning: DHS has issued a warning about malicious software, known as malware, which targets home-network routers and puts information that flows through them at risk. The most important thing for you to do is to turn your router off and then back on. Doing so disrupts certain parts of the malware and makes it non-operational. For additional measures, go to

June 4 – June 10Do you use Wi-Fi to access sensitive data online: Online Banking, Making Purchases, Accessing Personal Info? If so, use AggieAir - WPA2, not AggieAir or AggieGuest. WPA2 wireless uses 2-way encryption to protect sensitive information from creeps and criminals. // ICT Student Technology & Planning,

May 14 – May 22It's Here. Passphrases are now in use. 17 characters or more. Cannot be reused. Expire after two years. ICT Student Technology & Planning. More info:

Spring 2018 Tips

May 7 – May 13

You can kiss your password goodbye! NMSU will be moving to passphrase security... The Passphrase... Coming May 21st... ICT Student Technology & Planning //

April 23 – May 6

April 18 – April 23ATTENTION NMSU: Some Banner functions, including those inside the Student and Employee tabs, will be unavailable due to computer maintenance from 5:00 p.m. April 19 to 8:00 a.m. April 23. Canvas and Office 365 Email will be available during the maintenance outage. Visit for more information.

April 9 – April 22

Why use Passphrases? More words = more letters. More letters = more bits. More bits = harder to crack. This summer NMSU is switching to passphrase login security. Only change your passphrase every 2 years. Ex: passphraseisstrongerthanpassword. -ICT Student Technology & Planning

March 28 – April 8

What's the passphrase? By popular demand....! This Summer, when you update your NMSU password you will use a "passphrase." Instead of changing your password every 120 days, you will only have to change your passphrase every two years. Examples of passphrases: ineverforgetmypassphrase, securityiseveryonesresponsibility. Look out for more information... -ICT Student Technology & Planning

March 12 – March 26

Federal Trade Commission’s Tips for Using Public Wifi

It came from... The WiFi! Don't connect to unsecured public WiFi ! Only use secure connections you trust! ICT Student Technology & Planning, Lady looking at WiFi with her wallet in fear.

February 18 – February 25

Forget Something? Claim your lost items at Pete's or Hardman & Jacobs Computer Labs. ICT Student Technology & Planning

ICT Computer Labs collects left-behind items everyday.  We find USBs, documents with personal information, Passports, IDs, Social Security cards, phones, wallets, and other items that expose your personal data.  Come by today to the Hardman & Jacobs lab or the Pete’s Place computer lab in Corbett to see if you are one of the many who has left their personal items behind.  The computer labs will dispose or destroy items left behind at the end of each semester.

February 11 – February 18

IRS Guide to Tax-Related Identity Theft

Avoid Tax Identity theft and other forms of phishing by using a secure internet connection: AggieAir-WPA2. ICT Student Technology & Planning


Fall 2017 Tips

October 31 – November 5

Found a lost USB on campus? Don't plug it in! Turn it in at one of the main ICT Computer Labs, Hardman & Jacobs, or Pete's Place at Corbett. USBs found should never be plugged into your computer. Malware may reside on the USB that may compromise your device and personal data. Security is everyone's responsibility!

October 30 – November 5

Share with Care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider who might see it, and how it could be perceived.

October 12 – October 22

Sophos. Free Anti-Virus available for all NMSU. PC, Mac, Linux.

October 9 – October 13

Remember, not everyone online has your best interest in mind. We do. For more on cybersecurity and ways to protect yourself from phishing, fraud, malware, etc, visit If you're feeling distressed due to interactions online or in real life, visit Share your question with us and your knowledge with family and friends. Security is everyone's responsibility! Announcement brought to you by ICT Student Technology.

October 5 – October 11

Protect yourself from phishing emails! Do not click any links in a suspicious/unsolicited email. To check the authenticity of a link, place your cursor over the link but do not click. Do not reply to emails asking for NMSU credentials or personal, banking, or credit card information. Remember, ICT will never request sensitive info via an email. Report suspicious emails to |

August 8 – August 25

myNMSU security & user enhancement. When you log in/off myNMSU or Canvas, you will be automatically logged in/off both systems and you won't need to reenter your NMSU username and password. If you go directly to and you are not logged into myNMSU, you will be directed to the myNMSU homepage to log into your Canvas courses. Bookmarks saved in your web browser will no longer be available. Bookmarks can only be created in the Favorites area in myNMSU and those saved in web browsers will no longer work. Questions? visit || ICT Student Technology & Planning

Summer 2017 Tips

July 25 – August 15

Connected to a secure network? AggieAir-WPA2 wireless network provides an encrypted connection, which can help protect sensitive information such as: usernames, passwords, credit card info, birthdays. Visit for instructions to connect to AggieAir-WPA2.

July 5 – July 26

What should you do if your phone is lost or stolen? 1. Always lock with a code or password. 2. Udate and back up your phone often. 3. Install "Find My Device/Phone." 4. Alert your phone provider ASAP if your phone is missing. ICT Student Technology & Planning |

May 30 – June 16

Want Free Sophos Anti-Virus for your computer? Visit and login with your NMSU credentials. Click on the link "Sophos Anti-Virus" for eitherMac OS X or Windows system. Download software and follow set-up instructions.

May 5 – July 5Remember, not everyone online has your best interest in mind. We do. For more on cybersecurity and ways to protect yourself from phishing, fraud, malware, etc, visit If you're feeling distressed due to interactions online or in real life, visit Share your question with us and your knowledge with family and friends. Security is everyone's responsibility! Announcement brought to you by ICT Student Technology.

Spring 2017 Tips

May 1 – May 5Don't lose your data. Lock it up. Back it up. Security is everyone's responsibility. Visit ICT Student Technology & Planning.

April 17 – April 21

Don't need it? Delete it. Clean your devices regularly and remove unnecessary data to prvent hackers from stealing your information when you no longer need it.

April 10 – April 14

Did you know? The ICT Help Desk provides virus and spyware scanning AND free anti-virus software for NMSU students! For assistance, call 575-646-1840 or stop by Hardman & Jacobs room 105. M-F 8 am - 8 pm // Saturday 10 am - 3 pm // Closed Sunday.

Visit for more information on Help Desk services!

April 3 – April 7

Care to be aware. NMSU will never ask you for your password, bank account number, social security #, or other private information through email. Remember, your password is YOUR password, keep it to yourself!. For more information, visit

February 13 – February 17

Keep your software up to date! Patching your software is key to preventing attackers from infiltrating your accounts. Update your software and operating systems regularly.

February 20 – February 24

The best ways to avoid tax identity theft: 1. File your taxes early. 2. Use a secure internet connection: AggieAir WPA2 (Go to > Click on Instructions & Guides). 3. Check your credit report annually. The IRS will not contact you by email, text, or social media. Only by mail. Security is everyone's responsibilty!

ICT Security Team wants to share with you the IRS guide and tips to help you stay safe during tax season: use strong passwords, backup files, and use software to help block malware and viruses.
Visit The IRS Tax Time Guide for more information!

Fall 2016 Tips

Check out Aggie Insider, Digital Signage, and Student Hotline for helpful Cyber Security tips!

November 14 – November 18

Good Passwords: Hard to guess, easy to remember. At least 8-16 characters, a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Example: #ILoveMyAggies1. Security is everyone's responsibility!

November 7 – November 11

It's dangerous out there... Download Sophos Anti-Virus to protect your computer from malicious malware! Free for all staff and students.

October 31 – November 4

Don't be a pirate! NMSU takes illegal downloading of copyrighted material seriously. Offenders may have network access revoked, or worse! Visit for more information.

October 24 – October 28

Are you using NMSU Wi-Fi to do online banking, make purchases, or access personal info? If so, use AggieAir-WPA2 not AggieAir or AggieGuest. WPA2 wireless uses 2-way encryption to protect sensitive information from criminals.

October 17 – October 21

Stepping away from your desk? 'Windows Key' + 'L' locks the computer. Even if you'll only be gone for a moment, locking your account can protect you from identity theft and annoying pranks.

October 3 – October 7Cyber Security Tip: Remember to be aware of the validity of emails you receive. Phishing attempts are easy to identify when you know what to look for. Want to learn more about how to stay safe online? Visit

September 26 – September 30Cyber Security Tip: Keep your cellphone passcode protected. If someone picked up your phone, could they access your facebook or twitter with ease? What about online banking, emailing, or amazon? Could they access your photos and text them to your grandma, or worse, steal your identity? Want to learn more abut how to stay safe online? Visit

September 19 – September 23

Cyber Security Tip: If you are asked for your password through an email, it's a scam! Official representatives from legitimate web services, including NMSU, will never do this. Report any suspicious messages sent to your NMSU email account to Want to learn more about how to stay safe onlone? Visit

August 29 – September 2

Do not use Microsoft Edge with Canvas! Internet Explorer has been replaced by Microsoft Edge and is included with Windows 10. Because of the increased security settings of Edge, it is causing problems when used with Canvas. We recommend that you do not use Microsoft Edge with Canvas, but instead use the latest version of either Chrome or Firefox.