It is very important that all members of the Mason community take responsibility for computer security. The university provides tools like Symantec (Norton) Anti-Virus software and IronPort spam filter. In addition, Mason email is protected by encryption using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). Even though access to the wired and wireless networks requires a login using a Mason 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 or 703-993-4855.

Important Links

 *Phishing is a term used by hackers who imitate legitimate companies and organizations in e-mails to entice users to share passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account numbers.