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.

Personal Firewall Tips

Previously, we looked at the importance of maintaining a personal firewall on your computer.

Here are a few tips concerning personal firewalls:

 1. Disable the Windows firewall before installing a third-party firewall program 
 2. Never run two separate firewall programs at the same time 
 3. Ensure that your firwall program is updated with the latest patches 

Test a newly installed firewall program to ensure it is working properly.



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