IT Security Alerts and Advisories 





Phishing for Passwords


There have been a number of recent email-based "phishing" attempts in which recipients are requested to provide their login credentials.  While many of these campaigns look obviously suspicious, some have been very carefully crafted so as to appear to be genuine.

Please be advised that IT Services will never request users to divulge their login information via email.  If you are the recipient of such an email request, please ignore it and delete it. 

If you suspect that you may have been a victim of such a phishing attempt, you should change your password immediately.

 For more information on phishing, see the following article entitled Anatomy of a Phishing Attempt.

Online Safety Tips

It goes without saying that online safety is becoming increasingly important.

While technology can help provide a safer online experience, ultimately you are responsible for your own protection.

With that in mind, IT blogger, Ed Bott, has written a great article entitled “Stay Safe Online: 5 Secrets Every PC (and Mac) Owner Should Know.”

In summary, those 5 tips are:

 1. Don't panic 
2. Stay up to date 
 3. Learn how to make smart trust decisions (how to spot scams) 
 4. Never install any software unless you're certain it's safe 
5. Be smart with passwords
 You can find the full article at http://zd.net/otVXmB
 
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