OIS News and Alerts

January 2, 2024

New Year’s resolutions

Last week we posted tips for securing connections, and this week we’ll focus on securing your devices to stay Cyber Smart in 2024. Resolution #2: Secure your devices Update and patch your operating system (OS) and other software. Use antivirus software and keep it up to date. Sophos antivirus is free for the UW community….

December 21, 2023

Ready for 2024?

Review these tips and stay Cyber Smart all year long! We want to help you stay Cyber Smart in 2024 with tips for securing connections, devices, and login credentials, as well as ways to spot phishing and scams. Each week in January, we’ll post a new resolution, so stay tuned. Resolution #1: Secure your connections…

December 8, 2023

Lifewise change of email notifications

It is being reported that UW students who use their UW email address in the LifeWise Assurance Company system have received change-of-email notifications. If you are a UW student and you received this email, please visit the LifeWise Assurance Company website. An alert on their home page addresses this issue and it appears as if…

December 7, 2023

UWPD warns of scams targeting UW students

Hand stealing money through a computer

The UW Police Department has published a warning about a surge in scams at UW. Visit their blog to find their list of helpful tips, descriptions of recent scams, and a video to learn more about how to thwart attackers who target UW students with fraudulent emails, phone calls, and texts that either offer employment…

November 9, 2023

Tips for holiday travel

Whether you’re traveling to places near or far this holiday season, it’s a good idea to take steps to secure your data and devices. For instance: Encrypt laptops and other mobile devices to keep data secure if the device is lost or stolen. Keep all software, including antivirus, up to date on all devices. Use a…

November 6, 2023

Holiday scams


As the winter holiday season approaches, take time to review alerts about about seasonal scams. Scams may arrive as email, text, phone, and social media messages. They are continually adapted to target university communities through phishing, gift card scams, phony holiday invitations and messages, fraudulent offers for seasonal employment, and in many other forms. Your…