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.

Updated Your Web Browser Recently?

A 2008 survey by Google and IBM revealed that about 637 million Google users are surfing the Web with insecure browsers.

That was then, this is now.  The number of insecure browsers in use has almost certainly grown well beyond that.

With new vulnerabilities being discovered and exploited every day, it is critically important to  keep your browser up to date.

Internet Explorer users can use the Automatic Updates feature in Windows to keep their browser patched and protected.

Other browser vendors have automated updates, as well, or have made getting them as easy as clicking on a button.

Regardless of what browser you use, make sure it stays updated. Like the Nike ads say, “Just do it.”  Safe surfing.





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