Information Security

#ElonSecure

The Information Security Office at Elon is dedicated to maintaining a high level of data privacy and security across the university. This Office is also responsible for educating faculty, staff, and students on data security best practices to ensure that Elon’s information stays safe and secure. On this site, you can find helpful blog posts, tips, and tools for keeping your information secure, staying safe on social media, to avoid phishing scams, and more.


It is the responsibility of all members of the Elon community to be knowledgeable of ways to protect both university and personal information. We encourage you to use the information on this page to educate yourself on how to stay safe from the continually changing threats we all face online.


Information Awareness Security Training

Complete this 15-minute Moodle course to learn how to keep personal and university data safe and secure. 

Information Security Articles

  • LastPass Password Manager: A Crash Course

    LastPass, an easily downloadable internet extension for all browsers, is ideal for securely storing your passwords. Whether you’re someone who’s always forgetting a password, prefers to have a different password for every account, or anywhere in between, LastPass will become an essential tool for keeping your information safe and accessible. Any password you add to your LastPass vault is available … Continue Reading
  • 3 Common Tax Scams and How to Avoid Them

    A calculator and documentsAccording to the IRS, thousands of people have had their personal information (and sometimes money) stolen as a result of a tax scam. These scams, also known as “phishing schemes,” try to trick people into sharing their personal information by pretending to be an official organization, such as the IRS. While you may think that you’re not at risk, if … Continue Reading
  • 5 Tips for Blocking Hacker Attacks This Cyber Monday

    Christmas tree and giftsThe holiday season has arrived! While this is a perfect time to get great online deals, this is also the time when scammers and hackers take advantage of the increase in online transactions to steal personal information. Scammers often use social media, email, and text messages to trick you into giving away your personal information by getting you to click … Continue Reading
  • Takeaways from National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2017

    National Cyber Security Awareness Month logoEvery October, businesses, organizations, and individuals from around the work come together and participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) to promote online safety and cyber security awareness. This month, Elon’s Office of Information Technology has worked together to help make online safety approachable and accessible with weekly cyber security articles and quick tips for staying safe online. Here … Continue Reading
  • Securing smart devices and protecting personal information

    Photo of smart home connected to devicesWe live in a world of smart cities, connected devices, and digitized records. Smart devices allow us stay connected and updated on what is happening around the world, and help us keep up with our fast-paced lives. Although smart devices are immensely useful, they are fueled by our personal information, which can be dangerous. By providing your smart devices with … Continue Reading