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Cyber Security Awareness Month 2012

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month! In support of this national initiative, OIT is sponsoring a number of activities designed to help the UMass Amherst community stay safe online. This year, we focus on the physical aspect of computer security.

  • In 2011, 58 laptops and 49 smartphones were reported stolen at UMass Amherst. 
  • High-risk areas include the Learning Commons, Recreation Center, and most Dining Commons. 

Laptop & Mobile Device Security Dos & Don'ts 


  • Treat your laptop and mobile device like cash
  • Register your device with the University Police
  • Consider a motion detector or alarm
  • File a police report if you suspect your device is stolen



  • Leave your devices in your car
  • Leave it for "just a second," no matter where you are
  • Use your device to save yourself a seat
    (e.g., in the Learning Commons or the dining halls)



Participate in Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Caption This! Contest

Suggest a physical security-related caption and enter to win a Kindle Fire or one of two $25 gift certificates to the University Store. Get a free OIT T-shirt while supplies last.

Caption now!

Register Your Devices

Register your laptop or mobile device with the University Police any time in October, and you're automatically entered to win a Kindle Fire. Winners to be announced soon!

Project Protect Registration

Information Tables

Learn more about safe computing, including steps you can take to secure your devices and personal information. For dates, times and locations, see our Events Calendar.


Last Updated: Nov. 20, 2012