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.

 

Encryption for Mobile Devices

Protecting data on your mobile device is an important consideration.

Do you have private, confidential information saved on your laptop, USB flash drive, or smartphone?  What if it were lost or stolen?

Of course you guard that shiny new notebook or smartphone with your life, but are you willing to take the risk of having your personal data fall into the hands of someone else?

Many of these concerns can be mitigated through the use of encryption.  In the case of laptops or USB flash drives, you have the choice of encrypting the entire hard drive,  or you can simply encrypt a specific folder.

Either way, if you and your mobile device part ways, at least you can take comfort in knowing that your confidential data is secure and virtually inaccessible.

   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

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