Monthly Archives: May 2015

Effectively delete files

When you delete a file, depending on your operating system and your settings, the file may be transferred to your trash or recycle bin. This “holding area” essentially protects you from yourself—if you accidentally delete a file, you can easily restore it. An unauthorized person will also be able to retrieve it. Does your recycle bin include credit card information, passwords, medical, or other personal data? Is there sensitive corporate information? Empty the trash or recycle bin on a regular basis to ensure that deleted information stays deleted.

Reference:SANS

CSU Breaks Ground

sajkdhjkdhasjhdOn Monday, May 11th, CSU officially broke ground for a new freshman student housing project. The estimated time of completion will be by the fall 2016 semester. The multi story, 121,000 square foot, building will be the closest student housing complex ever built to main campus and will take over the inside area of Clearview Circle. We are excited to see this new residential apartment style living in the heart of our main campus!

Congratulations, Graduates!

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Congratulations to all our CSU graduates of 2015! Graduation embodies a time of pride for CSU’s faculty and staff, as well as for students and their families. We would like to take this time to acknowledge our student employees from UITS, Peter Jeong and Lucas Flores, for graduating on May 11, 2015! Good luck to all of you and your future endeavors!

Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer!

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Happy Summer, everyone! Summer session is finally in full swing. Don’t forget that the Help Desk and Repair Shop will still be available to students, faculty and staff. Summer hours for the help desk will be Monday-Friday from 8am-11pm and Saturday-Sunday from 2pm-10pm. The hours for the Repair Shop will be Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. We hope you enjoy your summer!

A pack rat’s guide to shredding

  A pack rat’s guide to Shredding

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Is your home a pack rat’s paradise? You’re not alone. As you start spring cleaning, are you wondering what to keep and what to shred? We’ve looked at experts’ advice and compiled this summary of how long they recommend keeping certain documents. Put our handy graphic near your shredder as a guide.

Save forever

Keep documents related to major life events – birth, marriage, divorce, and death. Lock securely:

  • Birth certificates or adoption papers
  • Social Security cards
  • Citizenship papers or passports
  • Marriage or divorce decrees
  • Death certificates of family members

Also, keep auto titles and home deeds stored safely for as long as you own the property.

Tax records

This time of year, the big question is: what tax records can you shred, and when can you shred them?

  • Tax returns– Our conservative advice? It’s best to keep these forever.
  • Pay stubs – Shred ’em after checking them against your W-2.
  • Home improvement receipts – Keep these receipts until you sell your home, since certain expenses may reduce your capital gains tax.
  • Other tax records– like tax-related receipts and cancelled checks – Wait seven years before shredding. Why? While the IRS usually has three years to audit you, it has up to seven years under certain circumstances. (If you file a fraudulent return, then the IRS can audit at any time – but for the average honest taxpayer, seven years works.)

If you’re unsure what tax records to keep, consult an accountant or call IRS Taxpayer assistance at 800-829-1040.

Other records

Most experts suggest that you can shred many other documents sooner than seven years. After paying credit card or utility bills, shred them immediately. Also, shred sales receipts, unless related to warranties, taxes, or insurance. After one year, shred bank statements, pay stubs, and medical bills (unless you have an unresolved insurance dispute).

For those who are thinking, maybe I should keep everything, just in case . . . remember that identity thieves can’t find documents you have destroyed. Destroying documents with your personal information reduces the likelihood of becoming an identity theft victim.

Shredding is just one way to reduce the risk of identity theft. For other tips on preventing identity theft, visit ftc.gov/ID theft.

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Blog Topics:Privacy and identity

Reference: FTC Consumer information.