Information Security

Protect yourself against common attacks

Ransomware is the latest form of attack used by cybercriminals.  Read how you can protect yourself from ransomware here.

Learn what Malware is and how to guard against it here.

To read about steps you can take to protect yourself against phishing attacks click here.

All Apple iPhone users, please read the following story concerning the security of your iPhone.

Don't get caught by the Pokemon Go Ransomware.  Read how to avoid getting caught playing Pokemon Go.

Click here to read how some of your favorite websites could be vulnerable to serious hijacking attacks.

Click here to read the details of the data breach at Banner Health.

Social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, are amazing resources, allowing you to meet, interact and share with people around the world.  However, all this power also brings risk for you, your family, friends and employer. Click here to read more about these dangers are and how to use these sites securely and safely.

Mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, have become one of the primary technologies we use in both our personal and professional lives.  Click here to read more about steps you can take to securely use and maintain mobile apps.

The following are samples of e-mail messages received by a BGSU account holder. These messages have been reviewed by the ITS Security Team and determined to be fraudulent. If you receive a message similar to the ones displayed as follows, do not respond by providing information, clicking on any provided link or by calling any provided phone number. It is recommended that you delete the message.



















The links above send you this is page below.  Please notice the highlighted URL is not a standard BGSU address.  Please do not click on any links above or enter any information on the webpage below.










The links above send you this is page below.  Please notice the highlighted URL is not a standard BGSU address.  Please do not click on the highlighted links above or enter any information on the webpage below.

















Welcome to the web presence for the BGSU Information Security Office.

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer, the overall goal of the Information Security Office is to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information technology resources at Bowling Green State University.

Maintaining these resources at BGSU is vital to the educational, research, and operational missions of the University. Supporting these missions is the responsibility of all members of the University community. This site has been designed to provide BGSU community members with best practices, tools, and preventive measures to secure information technology resources. 

Some of these resources include:

  • alerts regarding the latest relevant security threats
  • tips for protecting data and systems
  • how to report a security incident
  • information security related topics

For assistance or to provide feedback, please contact this office by email at: infosec@bgsu.edu.

Read the following Technology Service Center (TSC) page for how to remove a virus from your computer.

  1. Keep your software up to date
  2. Don't click on links within emails
  3. Use free antivirus software
  4. Back up your computer
  5. Use a strong password
  6. Use a firewall
  7. Minimize downloads
  8. Use a pop-up blocker

The university's network is setup to allow students to play popular video games on the internet via common ports.  However, we won't make changes to accomodate special setups for gaming consoles or computers.  Here is a link to instuctions on how to setup your gaming console on the university network.

Please visit the following webpage to see how to setup your different electronic devices.  If you have additional questions, please contact the Technology Service Center (TSC) at (419) 372-0999 or visit their website.

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