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Tips and resources to stay secure

Welcome Bearcats! We are the University of Cincinnati Office of Information Security, your trusted partner for information security at UC. Read our newsletter below for some tips and resources to stay secure! 

Fall 2022 Information Security Newsletter

Passwords & Duo Security

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The first step to keeping your accounts secure is a strong password. Here are several tips to keep in mind when creating a password:

  • Use at least 8 characters (more is better)
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols – try passphrases!
  • Don’t use personal info or common words that are easy to guess
  • Avoid using the same password more than once

UC utilizes Duo Security for two-factor authentication. This adds a second layer of security and helps keep your accounts secure even if your password is compromised. 

Never accept Duo push or phone calls that you did not initiate and report anything suspicious to us.

Be Aware! Phishing is on the rise

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Phishing is a type of attack where a scammer sends a fraudulent message designed to trick a person into revealing sensitive information. This scam can be spread in emails, text messages, phone calls, social media and more. Some signs of scam messages are:

  • They arrive unexpectedly
  • They often imply a sense of urgency
  • They ask you to click a link or input unnecessary information

When in doubt, don’t click! To report a phishing attempt, contact us at

Welcome Week & More!

Come get to know the Office of Information Security! We will be at Welcome Week Aug. 16-18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on MainStreet outside of Tangeman University Center. We will also be on campus in October for Cybersecurity Awareness Month at TUC and our paper shredding event on Bearcats Commons. Stay tuned to our website for dates and times!

Contact Us!

If you have any questions we are here to help! Contact the UC Office of Information Security at or visit our website

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