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STMARYBG Email Hack Resolution

posted Aug 25, 2015, 12:52 PM by Saint Mary Parish   [ updated Aug 25, 2015, 1:52 PM ]

This message is to follow up to our campus email hack experienced on August 25. Steps have been taken to remedy further attacks. If you see additional suspect messages, please report them to our Technology Administrator at smshelp@stmarybg.org.
We will be changing the address that all bulk emails come from such as SchoolReach and PowerSchool. Please look for emails from stmaryinfo@stmarybg.org. This will be a legitimate address, however it will not be used as an account, making things easier for our user accounts. As always remain vigilant about potential spam and malware messages.

Staff will be encouraged to not use their personal addresses for bulk email distribution.

We apologize for the inconvenience these situations may cause and appreciate your understanding and reports!

We also encourage everyone to review account policies with their own email accounts. This will help keep everyone safe.


How safe is your password?

The first step in protecting your online privacy is creating a safe password - i.e. one that a computer program or persistent individual won't easily be able to guess in a short period of time. To help you choose a secure password, we've created a feature that lets you know visually how safe your password is as soon as you create it.

Tips for creating a secure password:

  • Include punctuation marks and/or numbers.
  • Mix capital and lowercase letters.
  • Include similar looking substitutions, such as the number zero for the letter 'O' or '$' for the letter 'S'.
  • Create a unique acronym.
  • Include phonetic replacements, such as 'Luv 2 Laf' for 'Love to Laugh'.
Things to avoid:
  • Don't reuse passwords for multiple important accounts, such as Gmail and online banking.
  • Don't use a password that is listed as an example of how to pick a good password.
  • Don't use a password that contains personal information (name, birth date, etc.)
  • Don't use words or acronyms that can be found in a dictionary.
  • Don't use keyboard patterns (asdf) or sequential numbers (1234).
  • Don't make your password all numbers, uppercase letters or lowercase letters.
  • Don't use repeating characters (aa11).
Tips for keeping your password secure:
  • Never tell your password to anyone (this includes significant others, roommates, parrots, etc.).
  • Never write your password down.
  • Never send your password by email.
  • Periodically test your current password and change it to a new one.