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Event teaches computer security practices

March 06, 2007

ASU's University Technology Office (UTO) will host the third annual Security Awareness Week beginning March 27th – 30th. The event is open to the public and is designed to enhance students' awareness about the potential risks associated with computer and internet use.

This year's event – the Carnival of Jeopardy – will feature a variety of carnival themed games as well as a series of Jeopardy matches. Students will qualify to enter by answering an online questionnaire created to test their knowledge about safe computer practices (visit to enter) and will learn how to protect themselves online when visiting popular internet sites like MySpace and Facebook. Participants will also discover how to recognize and avoid Spam and internet schemes as well as ways to protect their personal computer from worms, viruses, and identity predators.

“Last year's event was a huge success,” says Robin Manke-Cassidy, a director with UTO. “The knowledge students will gain is invaluable today with the increased use of technology for many aspects of education. UTO is confident that students will have even more fun playing the carnival games this year.”

Additional features include informative presentations on topics ranging from identity theft to password protection and the chance to compete for prizes, including laptops and electronic gaming equipment. The event will be held at each of ASU's four campuses – Tempe, Downtown, Polytechnic, and West.

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James Vito Palazzolo,