Cybersecurity Best Practices

It has never been more important to ensure your personal information stays safe and secure online. Educating yourself on the topic of cybersecurity helps keep scammers at bay and can greatly decrease the likelihood of your personal information becoming compromised. Look through the following information to learn how to secure your personal data!

UWM IT’s latest Cybersecurity Video:

Phishing Tips

Don’t take the bait! Phishing attacks use emails or malicious websites to solicit personal information by posing as a trustworthy organization in order to commit fraud.

To prevent yourself from becoming a victim, be on the lookout for:

  • Suspicious sender’s addresses
    • Outside of your organization
    • Spelled incorrectly
    • Wrong domain (,, etc.)
  • Spelling and grammar errors
  • Urgent language prompting immediate action
  • Request for confidential information
    • Credit card numbers
    • Social security numbers
    • Passwords
  • Suspicious links
    • Outside your organization (anything not
    • Unexpected downloads

What to do if you receive a phishing email:

  • Don’t click any links or reply to the messages.
  • Forward the message to
  • Click the ellipses button on the email and under security options select Mark as Phishing.
  • Contact the UWM Help Desk; they can offer advice or help you if you believe you’ve been phished.
Passphrase Best Practices

Making sure you have a strong, complex, password/phrase is essential to keeping yourself safe online. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a strong password:

  • Use a passphrase- the more characters the better!
  • Use special characters and be creative (“c@r”, “$hell”, “t!me”, etc.).
  • Use numbers but stay away from birthdays.
  • Never use the same passphrase twice.
  • Never use the same passphrase on several different platforms.

To keep your ePantherID and password secure, UW System policy 1030 requires that you change your password every 180 days.

You will only see notifications of the expiration on official UWM login pages such as D2L or Canvas. Change your password only at the official password site.

How to Protect Your Personal Devices

Cybersecurity doesn’t stop in your inbox! There are many small steps you can take to protect yourself online, such as:

If you believe yourself to be a victim of fraud, scams, or bad business practices please report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at

Online Training Opportunities

Learn how to protect yourself by understanding the nature of internet-based threats and about the protection options and tools built into most web browsers and email systems.

Illegal File Sharing

Illegal file sharing is not something to toy with, but there can be uncertainty surrounding what is and what isn’t okay to download and share. Visit our Illegal File Sharing FAQs for more information on how to keep yourself out of trouble.


Still have cybersecurity questions? Get answers by visiting the UWM KnowledgeBase! Think you’ve been Phished? Contact the UWM Help Desk!