Information Security Digest VOL. 3, January 2020

January 28, 2020
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Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

I'd like to start this issue of the Information Security Digest by thanking everyone who enabled two-step verification for Office 365. More than 55,000 of you activated this enhanced login feature, greatly reducing the number of compromised email accounts, and helping to keep Harvard's information--and yours--private and secure.

We're starting the new year with new information security resolutions in the tips below, and I hope you'll join us for coffee or tea at one of our upcoming events where you can learn more about staying safe online. Thank you again for helping to keep Harvard secure. 


Christian Hamer
Chief Information Security Officer, Harvard University


How to transfer two-step verification to a new phone

If you recently got a new phone, or if you're thinking of upgrading because the manufacturer no longer provides updates for your older system (see 'Apply Updates' below for more), remember to move your two-step verification service to your new device. Follow these steps to easily transfer the service and protect your accounts from unauthorized access. 


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Click Wisely

Sometimes even emails that appear to come from trusted contacts can contain malicious links or files. If you're unsure, contact the sender directly to check before clicking links or opening any files. If the email seems suspicious, forward it to before deleting.

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Apply Updates

When devices or software stop receiving manufacturer support and security updates, they can expose your data to risk. Common products with limited manufacturer support include iPhone 5 (or older), Samsung and Google phones from 2016 or earlier, Windows 7, Windows XP, and macOS 10.12 Sierra. Learn more about keeping your system up-to-date.

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Use Strong Passwords

LastPass is a password manager that is available free of charge for members of the Harvard community. Password managers help create, manage, and store unique, strong passwords for all your accounts. Start using LastPass today.

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Know Your Data

Instead of attaching sensitive files to emails, share files securely by using collaboration tools like OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox. Learn more about secure use of collaboration tools.



Commuter Coffee and SecuriTea

Join Harvard's Information Security and CommuterChoice teams for coffee, tea, and morning snacks! Pick up your Security mug, reflective biking gear, and learn more about how to stay safe online as well as on the road.

Wednesday, January 29, 8 - 10 a.m., 52 Oxford St., Northwest Building  (First floor south elevator bank near the Northwest Cafe)
Wednesday, February 12, 8 - 10 a.m., Harvard Medical School, Courtyard Cafe