Monthly Archives: December 2017

Data security tips for foreign travel

For members of the campus community, a trip to a foreign country presents unique data security challenges. Beyond the physical loss of your device, staying digitally connected often means you will connect your devices to public networks in hotels, airports, train stations and conference halls that employ minimal security measures. These public networks often harbor malware from cybercriminals looking to steal your data for identity fraud, as well as nation state actors targeting academic travelers for intellectual property.

Proactive risk management dictates that LCC block traffic from hostile geographic locations that have demonstrated a high frequency of known attacks. If you travel outside the United States and want to access LCC resources (myLCC portal, VPNs, online classes, etc.), please contact the LCC Help Desk with your travel location and dates so that we may ensure your access.

Here are some tips to ensure safe foreign travels:

Before You Leave

  • Contact the LCC Help Desk with your foreign travel location and dates.
  • Make sure your laptop is encrypted. You can check to see if your PC computer has full disk encryption by searching for ‘Manage Bitlocker,’ and on a Mac, check that FileVaultis enabled. However, use of encryption may be forbidden in some countries (such as China and Russia), so please research the software import laws of your destination country.
  • Remove any sensitive or confidential data. Prior to your travels, remove any sensitive or confidential data from your laptop.

On the Road

  • Do NOT leave your device unattended. If you ever leave your computer, make sure it is stored securely and turned off instead of just hibernated or asleep.
  • Do NOT plug in untrusted accessories. Untrusted accessories, those that came from questionable sources, can be infected with malware intended to steal your data.
  • Connect only to known wifi networks.
  • Turn off your wifi and bluetooth when not in use. Attackers can easily spoof network names to connect to devices within range for eavesdropping.
  • Do not purchase any new hardware or software while traveling. And do not have any of your electronic devices “repaired” or “worked on” while abroad.
  • Practice safe web browsing. For example, do not open unsolicited attachments or follow unsolicited links in email messages, use caution when downloading files and browse wisely by avoiding suspicious websites. Do not enter your LCC credentials into public computers.
  • Don’t have an expectation of privacy. Many countries do not have the same privacy protections for electronic communications as the U.S. Be mindful that any cell phone conversation, email or internet browsing may be intercepted by local private, corporate or governmental entities and adjust your actions accordingly. Access to some websites, including secure (“https”) web sites, and use of VPNs may also be blocked by some countries, because it is more difficult for national authorities to monitor that encrypted traffic. Attempts to circumvent national censorship (e.g., with Tor, Ultrasurf or similar products) may be blocked and there may be legal ramifications if noticed.
  • Look out for border crossings. Devices taken across foreign borders may be subject to involuntary official governmental review and even complete duplication (e.g., in some countries, customs officers may temporarily seize your device). Customs agents may ask for your passwords/pin numbers. You do not have to surrender them but they may confiscate your device or potentially keep a copy of your entire system on entry or exit.

Upon return

  • Change your password. You must change your password for all services that you have accessed while abroad. This should be done for your LCC account as well as any personal email, social or financial sites that you accessed while traveling. By limiting the sites that you visit abroad, you reduce the number of passwords you need to change.

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact ITS Director of Information Security Paul Schwartz at 517-483-5264 or

Tell your teachers thanks with an Applegram

Let your instructors know how much they are appreciated by sending them an Applegram!

An Applegram is a note of appreciation, a way to say “thanks.” It’s a kind of telegram an individual can send an instructor who contributed positively to their educational experience. It might also be sent to compliment teaching methods, enthusiasm, preparation, classroom interaction, special help, etc. To send an Applegram, visit the Center for Teaching Excellence’s website. Complete and submit the form and we here at the CTE will handle the rest!

Everyone invited to Toys for Tots celebration

When: Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13

Where: Gannon Building 2nd floor, outside Student Life

What: Come join the U.S. Marine Corp, Santa and LCC choral students to celebrate another successful Toys for Tots season! There will be free popcorn provided by the LCC American Marketing Association, a performance by LCC choral students and a photo op with Santa. The Marine Corps will be available to collect any last-minute Toys for Tots donations.

December Student Health 101 now available

The December issue of Student Health 101 is now available! It includes some great articles to help finish the fall semester strong and start the spring semester right!

In this issue:

  • Academics – The art of adulting: Three key ways to own it as a grown up
  • Eat:Trending diets – What they are, why they don’t always work and what to try instead
  • Move: Your vaccination guide – Which ones you need, what they do and where to get them
  • Empower – Four easy ways to set positive standards in your online world
  • Overcome – How to react less and enjoy more this holiday season
  • Fitness – A no-sweat guide to the most popular workouts
  • Feel – Test stress much? Try this 30-second, in-the-moment mindfulness trick
  • FitnessU – Kick It By ElizaTM
  • Ask the doc – “What are the best things to eat and drink when you have a cold?”
  • Ask the counselor – “How do you differentiate normal sadness from clinical depression?”
  • Ask the trainer – “How do you stay motivated to work out?”
  • How to not fall off your sleep schedule during winter break
  • Apps & podcasts we love – Sleep Cycle alarm clock
  • UCookbook – Crispy zucchini latkes

You can access Student Health 101 through the link, or via D2L.

Join Finals Frenzy for cookie decorating and therapy dogs

Take a break from studying during next week’s Finals Frenzy events.

Get some cuddles from friendly therapy dogs, noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Gannon Building 2214 or noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion.

Enjoy cookie decorating noon-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Gannon Building Highway.

Take advantage of free coffee and hot chocolate 10 a.m.-4 pm. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday in the former Phil’s Store next to the StarZone in the Gannon Building.

Good luck on all your finals!

Update on Wednesday’s evacuation

Yesterday afternoon, Ingham County court arraigned LCC student Damian Walker in relation to the evacuation of our Downtown, West and East campuses on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Walker has been charged with false threat of terrorism using the internet/computer.

He sent a message to individuals via social media, and the message included a threat to LCC. The tip was called in by an individual who received the message from the suspect. This is a good example in action of if you see something, say something.

LCC Police deemed the threat to be credible, and evidence at the time showed the suspect was not on campus. Police decided to quickly evacuate the campuses. Thank you to all of you for your quick and orderly evacuation.

If you want to talk to someone, please contact our free licensed counselors at 517-483-1924. If you are concerned, please don’t hesitate to call LCC Police at 517-483-1800.

Brent Knight