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.

Worst Passwords List

SplashData recently published a list of the worst passwords for 2013.

The top 10 include:

 1. 123456 
 2. password
3. 12345678 
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. 123456789
 7. 111111
 8. 1234567 
 9. iloveyou 
10. adobe123 
Recognize any of these?  Are you protecting your valuable information with one of these?

Remember: hackers know about this list, too.

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