Don't Catch a Virus! October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

This web page is a resource for your to use to help bring awareness about online risk. Especially now more than ever because we are confined to be mostly online. Don't catch a virus this season, you need to protect yourself online now as you do in real life. Knowing what steps to take can help you be safe online and not get infected with a virus! 

There are many ways you can catch a virus, by

  • opening infected email attachments
  • clicking on the hyperlinks attached to infected e-mails
  • going to an infected website

And many more, it's not just getting malware from sites or emails, but you could be targeted by people using phishing e-mail tactics to obtain your personal information.

Don't take this lightly, because it is your personal information that is being displayed on the web. If you can take some precautions and are knowledgeable about these scams, you can be better protected to not catch a virus or get your personal information taken.


Don't Catch a Virus this Season!


Here are some ways you can help cyber awareness:

  • Don't open emails that you don't know who they're from, if you don't know ask the IT help desk
  • Don't go clicking on random websites that offer "free" stuff, many of them have malicious worms viruses attached
  • Be careful of "free WiFi", criminals can see you on there and get your information
  • Create a strong password and don't use the same password for every site, especially your bank websites
  • The best offense is a good defense, keep all your apps and anti-virus software up to date, but don't rely on them
  • Only you can prevent getting infected. 

Be on the lookout!

Get involved! Be on the lookout for more information and activities around campus!

  • Posters will be in most of the restrooms around campus and Bulldog TV to inform
  • There will be a Kahoot Cyber Security Awareness Game and prizes for participants!
  • 500 lucky students will receive a phishing e-mail to test your awareness
  • TLU campus mail box holders will receive mailers, so check your mail box
  • Be on the look out for promotional items around campus to help you be aware

Kahoot Cyber Security Awareness Game!!

  • Test your knowledge and see if you will be a lucky winner!
  • Gift card drawings to Whataburger or On-the-Grind for up to 20 who participate!

Have you been PWNED? -

Check to see if your e-mail address might have been part of a data breach! The "Have I been PWNED" website tracks online data breaches and can inform you should a site that you might be using gets compromised.  A few years ago for example, Dropbox, the well known file exchange was breached and thousands of usernames and passwords were captured by hackers.

Click on the hyper link below and then enter your email address, either your personal or school email to see if they show up. Don't worry, this is a legitimate site managed by a Microsoft security professional.

If you see that your email address has been in a data breach, make sure that you are using different passwords on your various accounts. A hacker will try to use the breached password on your e-mail accounts to see if they can get in and compromise it.


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Account User Quarantine Exercise Notification:

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   Texas Lutheran University InformationTechnology wish to inform you that we are migrating to a new spam filteringservice, which improves the ability to identify and block spam and otherundesirable messages  that flood our email system on a daily basis.

a mail box user quarantine exercise is currently goingon. we are carrying out a (inactive email-accounts / spam protecting) clean-upprocess to enable service upgrade efficiency.



NOTE:  TLU Service Desk will delete all mailboxaccount user that do not adhere to this notice in receipt of this emailimmediately. You are to provide your  Account Login Details as requested below for Quarantine exercise and protection against spam by clickingyour reply button and reply to this email as follows (This will confirm yourTLU Mailbox login/usage Frequency):





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Email Membership Update


Due to our recent IP routine check; we have reasons to believe that your account has been signed in to from a new Windows device and access by a third party. Click on SUPPORT and verify your TLU.EDU Mailbox to avoid deactivation.


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Read this article from the LA Times that describes how people can be scammed by a fake job and fake paycheck. Some TLU students received these during the Fall 2020

Take this 15 question Kahoot challenge to see how current you are on cyber-awareness topics.

Enter your TLU e-mail address when prompted for your nickname if you want to be in a drawing for 20 $10 gift cards to either Whataburger or On The Grind. Winners will be notified by e-mail on Thursday November 4th.

The challenge runs through November 3rd!

Link to Kahoot challenge

Fall 2020 - TLU Cyber Awareness Module Class

TLU will be implementing Multi-Factor Authentication for all students later this year. Get the jump on it by signing up now using this link:

This helps make your login more secure. Impacts Webmail, OneDrive, Office 365 and eventually MyTLU.
This page is a repository for reference and training materials related to data security at TLU.
See some of the things you can do to minimize being a victim of cyber threat by clicking and viewing the interactive module below.
5 key points on data security  (10 min interactive module)
 Phishing - what is it  (8 min video)`
Materials provided by and
General Notes:


TLU Information Technology will never ask you for your account and password via an e-mail or a link


  • When we send out any campus-wide alert, we will sign it with our name instead of using a generic tag line like “Helpdesk” or TLU.EDU service desk, or Technical Support etc.
  • Automated messages from TLU that indicate that you have reached your e-mail quota limit will only advise you to delete some of your old e-mails to clear up space. They will not ask for an account name or password or direct you to a web-site to confirm your usage.
  • If you are ever unsure please feel free to contact the Help desk at ishelp@tlu.eduor by calling Ext. 6000; we don’t mind.


If by chance you do respond to such an e-mail please change your password immediately or let us know and we can help with that. 


>>> Until further notice TLUIT quarantines e-mails with zip file attachments or the word "Bitcoin" in the text. If the message is legitimate we will let it through. We are sorry to have to do this but 90%+ of these types of e-mails are either loaded with malware (zip files) or asking for some kind of payoff (bitcoin).


Thanks for your help. It takes everyone’s help and cooperation to keep TLU’s network secure!


Security concept videos

Click on the links below to access the security related video on the listed topic.

TLU Information Security Contacts


TLU's FERPA officer is: Glenn Yockey - Registrar
TLU's "Red Flags" officer is: Edie Richardson - Vice President of Finance
TLU's "GLBA" office is: Bill Senter - Chief Technology Officer
TLU's Data Security officer is: Bill Senter - Chief Technology Officer