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.

Cookies

Mmm!  Oreos?  Chips Ahoy?  No, not those kinds of cookies.

In the computer world, cookies are little snippets of information that are stored temporarily or permanently on the Web user’s computer.

A typical cookie is a text file that contains a small amount of information about a user’s surfing habits, or information about preferences for viewing a Web page.

Most cookies are harmless and pose no threat.  A very small percentage of cookies may contain personal information about the user (although they ought not to).

Most major browsers provide the option of preventing cookies from being downloaded if anyone is concerned about them.

Note that if you use this option, some Web sites may not function properly as they use cookies to serve up pages.

   
   
   

 

 

 

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