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.


Drive-by Downloads

The “drive-by download” is an insidious means by which malware can end up on your computer.

You don’t actually have to click on anything for malicious software like fake anti-virus programs and CryptoLocker to download and install on your PC or laptop.

Merely visiting a compromised website can be all it takes to end up with malware on your computer.

A major problem is that you usually are not aware that a drive-by download has occurred until it is too late.

How can you protect yourself?

Since even legitimate websites can be compromised, it is important to make sure that you are using a recognized anti-virus program with up-to-date virus signatures.

Also, a good anti-malware program such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (there is a free version) will help protect your computer.






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