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.

Location Services Update

One of the more recent services to hit social networking is location updating.

In the case of Facebook Places, this service allows users to provide followers with their current location.

It’s interesting technology, but user beware.

Case in point: A trio of burglars in New Hampshire were arrested following a series of break-ins.

As is turns out, they were monitoring location updates in Facebook and using that information to break into houses where they knew the owners were not home at the time.

Between $100,000 and $200,000 of stolen property was eventually recovered.

Is providing your current location to the world a good idea? 

You be the judge.

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