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.

 

Storing Passwords Safely

The more online access you have, the more passwords you are likely accumulating.

While some people re-use passwords for multiple online accounts such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, etc., this is a dangerous practice from a security perspective.

If a hacker somehow gets a hold of your password, he or she has access to every other online account that uses that password.

The best practice is to have a strong and unique password for each account.

But how can you manage all of these passwords?

There are a couple of open source programs that can do the job.  KeePass and Password Safe allow you to organize and store your passwords securely.

   
   
   
   

 

 
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

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