Technology Resources

Physical distancing and keeping connected can work together. You may have heard about how the world is connecting more via online tools like Zoom and social media.  We've followed the media and included some current articles in the news below.

We realize these tools like zoom may be unfamiliar to some. We want to give everyone a chance to learn how to connect virtually, safely.  Below are some resources (Thank you to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for developing a guide to zoom!) and information for two virtual "zoom" tutorials we have coming up.   Any questions, please email

New Berkeley Zoom Security Protocols

Recently campus has provided new guidelines for increasing security, one of which requires that each participant be signed into their own zoom account in order to join many campus-sponsored zoom events. This new and important security requirement helps to keep the online experience safe and free from Zoombombing (unwanted, disruptive intrusions during a zoom meeting).  Please see helpful tips below to setting up your own account (if you do not have one, it’s free) and getting up to speed on this change.  Retirement Center programs have received an exemption and so currently this protocol is not required. 

Helpful hints: 

  • If you do not already have a Zoom account, you can create a free, consumer Zoom account (click here for a guide) or can dial in via phone.

  • If you have a Zoom account but haven’t used it recently it might be a good idea to log in before the program to make sure you remember your Zoom password.

  • If you have multiple Zoom accounts be sure to log in under the account and email you used to register for the program you are attending. 

  • Look for the meeting password and meeting ID at the end of the confirmation email as this may be required to log into the event.

  • Need clarification or assistance? Please contact the Retirement Center at

Your continued participation in the Retirement Center online events has been encouraging- it’s shown that we can maintain connection and engagement in lifelong learning during this time of sheltering in place. Please let us know if you have any questions or we can assist you. 

'Fight the Phish' is a phishing awareness campaign designed by the Information Security Office to keep our community safe. 
Materials to help you identify, report, and avoid these types of attacks.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it new cybersecurity risks in the form of phishing attacks. It is important to be vigilant at all times and remain suspicious whenever you’re asked for your credentials and other personal information.

Phishing attacks can occur through email, phone calls, texts, or instant messaging. Some attacks try to trick you into installing malware on your devices. This malicious software can track how you use your computer and send valuable information to identity thieves.

Attackers are after your usernames, passwords, credit card information, Social Security numbers and other sensitive data. Some will try to get you to purchase gift cards by masquerading as a trustworthy entity.

To assist in mitigating these risks, the Information Security Office created Fight the Phish, an awareness campaign to help educate you on ways to identify, avoid, and report phishing attacks.