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Security Highlights for Students


Phishing Scams

The beginning of a sophisticated cyber attack usually starts with a phishing scam. A phishing scam is a social engineering attack that utilizes phone call, email, social media or text message to trick a victim into disclosing information that he or she would normally not disclose. The end goal of phishing scams is usually the theft of login credentials such as usernames and passwords. Armed with the username and password of an individual, a cyber adversary can then masquerade as the victim, steal his or her personal information protected by those credentials.

Please be aware of "job offer" and "money transfer" scams targeting students. No legit company will hire people through emails and without an Interview; if a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is a scam. Please visit and to learn more about scams.

Downloading Using the VCU Network

Illegal downloading using the VCU Network — including the wireless network — is not only against VCU policy, but is also unlawful. Large media companies such as FOX, Universal, Paramount and HBO monitor this illegal activity. Users should pay for their content to avoid conduct and legal issues. For more information, visit

2Factor Authentication

VCU is enhancing its security systems to protect the University community from cyber criminals. Consider signing up for the VCU 2Factor authentication system to better protect your account. For more information, please visit

Protecting Your Personal Devices

Information on Anti-virus protection for your personal devices can be found at

Other Security Tips

Visit the Security Awareness and Training site for more tips on how to protect yourself and your identity.


VCU Information Technology Policies, Standards, Baselines and Guidelines and General Information Security

Please review the Student Email Standard‌.

Please review the VCU Computer Network and Resource Use Policy and the VCU Information Security Policy.
For more information on VCU technology requirements, visit the VCU Information Technology Policies, Standards, Baselines and Guidelines.