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Cybersecurity Scarehouse 2020

Escape from Zombieburgh!

This year's Cybersecurity Scarehouse has moved online!

Take the 13-Day Cybersecurity Challenge to learn the rules for surviving the Cyber Apocalypse and help Pitt IT cure the online scourge!

Complete all 13, and you could win big, plus learn how to stay safe from the hackers who started it all!

It all starts October 19, and runs through Halloween!

Jump to Today's Challenge

Rules of the Game

How to Play the 13-Day Cybersecurity Challenge

  1. Come here between October 19–31 to access the challenges. Challenges will activate at 13:00 (1 p.m. EDT). 
  2. A new challenge will be posted daily. (You'll be able to access previous challenges, so don't be afraid if you miss a day.)
  3. Each challenge only takes a few minutes. You'll learn a Rule for Cyber Survival and get an entry into our prize drawing* for each challenge you complete.
  4. One letter in each day's rule will be highlighted—keep track of them. You'll need them for the final challenge!
  5. After the 13th challenge, help Pitt IT solve the mystery of what caused the Cyber Apocalypse by unscrambling the letters.
  6. Find the source, and you'll double your prize entries (up to 26 total) and earn 20 OCC. The first 1300 finishers also get a free movie streaming code**.

Amazing Prizes

What You Can Win

For each challenge you complete, you'll earn an entry into our incredible prize drawing*, where you could win one of 13 prizes worth over $1300! Complete the final challenge, and you'll double your entries (up to 26 chances) and earn OCC credits to boot. Plus, the first 1300 students to complete all the challenges will earn a free movie streaming code (worth up to $6) from Vudu**.

Cybersecurity Tips

Cyber Survival Topics You Should Know

It may be spooky season, but you don't need to be fearful of your computer. Make sure you're aware of the latest cyber risks and learn how to stay safe with the tools and information below.

Scary Good Perks

Play for Fun and a Whole Lot More

Enjoy our 13-Day Cybersecurity Challenge and you might get to take away some great perks. Whether you're looking for gift cards to stock up on Halloween candy, some spooky cinema, or OCC credits, Cybersecurity Scarehouse 2020 is the perfect way to have fun and get rewarded for it.

Amazing Prizes

We're giving away 13 prizes worth over $1300, including a $500 Target, two $250 GrubHub, iTunes, and Hello Bistro/Porch gift cards!

OCC Credits

A brain is a terrible thing to waste. That's why you can have some Halloween fun AND earn 20 Pitt Pride OCC credits! 

Free Movie

The first 1300 students to complete the challenge will receive a movie streaming code worth up to $6 from Vudu**.

Rules of the Game

Terms & Conditions

Even a fun challenge like this has a few rules. Here's what you need to know:

* Prize winners will be selected via a random drawing in November and notified via their primary email address. Only enrolled students are eligible.

** Vudu Promotional Code (“Code”) is good towards the purchase or rental of content (excluding Disc + Digital or Mix & Match transactions) on and via participating Vudu apps (up to $6 total value). You may be required to pay taxes separately. You must have a Vudu account to redeem your Code. Vudu is free to join; you must be 18 years of age or older to open a Vudu account. Credit card may be required for transactions on Code must be redeemed to your Vudu account by 10/31/21 and must be used within 30 days of redemption to receive credit. One Code per transaction. Limit 1 Code per person. If lost or stolen, cannot be replaced. No cash value, except as required by law. Not valid with any other offer. Not for resale; void if sold or exchanged. If the cost of purchase or rental is more than maximum value of the Code, then user must pay the difference. Offer valid in U.S. and D.C., excluding U.S. territories and where prohibited by law. Vudu and Fandango Loyalty Solutions, LLC are not a sponsor or co-sponsor of this promotion. The redemption of the Code is subject to Vudu’s Terms and Policies at