It is very important that all members of the GMU community take responsibility for computer security. The university provides free tools like Symantec (Norton) Anti-Virus software and IronPort spam filter. In addition, GMU email (MEMO) for faculty and staff is protected by encryption using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), as is MASONLIVE for students. Even though access to the wired and wireless networks requires a login using a GMU email account, the networks themselves are not encrypted. So, it's important that every individual learn how to secure their computers and avoid fraudulent websites. In addition, every so often a "phishing" e-mail gets through the spam filter disguised as message soliciting private information like a password, date of birth, or PIN number. You should never respond to these emails as no legitimate organization (particularly the university) would solicit this sort of information through e-mail. In order to learn more about how to protect your computer, please take a look at the links below. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-993-4855.