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.


Free Malware

Free malware?  Who wants it, free or otherwise?

Probably no one, but that’s not what this is about.

Using  the word ‘free’ in an online search engine can increase the chances of downloading malware.

A report by security company McAfee, indicates that searching for free things on the Internet is an open invitation for some “freebees” that you do not want.

In Music and Movies Report: The true cost of free entertainment, McAfee suggests that people seeking free entertainment may end up getting more than they bargained for.

The bad guys are looking for any opportunity to dupe unsuspecting users into downloading something nasty, and likely costly.

Getting something for nothing might result in an unexpected surprise you are going to end up paying for after all.






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