Information technology is an essential part of our day-to-day work and social lives. As the internet becomes increasingly hostile, the university constantly works to fend off attackers who attempt to hijack accounts, steal information or extort money. But Ryerson cannot protect every individual from every attempt by attackers.
Your help is crucial
By becoming aware of possible threats and vulnerabilities, you can help protect yourself as well as Ryerson. Here are some important things you can do:
- Know the common traits of phishing emails and how to report and delete them.
- Install and allow automatic updates for antivirus software.
- Use two-factor authentication because passwords don’t provide enough protection for your Ryerson account and everything it can access.
What are you interested in?
As many as 1 million account password-guessing attempts are logged by Ryerson each week. Each month, the university prevents 1 million connections from email systems known to send harmful messages. We reject close to 3 million monthly email delivery attempts from suspicious servers using invalid delivery methods to reach Ryerson users. On a daily basis, up to 200 emails with harmful attachments are blocked from reaching Ryerson users.