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.


   Top 5 Online Safety Tips

It is good idea to review online safety practices from time to time.

ZDNET recently published their top 5 tips for a safer online experience.

 1. Patch, patch, patch--make sure security patches are up to date 
 2.  Use unique, not just strong, passwords for online accounts
 3. Whenever possible, enable two-factor authentication--a growing number of sites like Twitter and iTunes offer this 
 4. Use a password manager to simplify and secure the process of maintaining your passwords 
 5. If something appears too good to be true, it probably is--always exercise caution concerning "bargains" and "deals"




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