Monthly Archives: June 2012

Dont post vacation plans and pictures to Facebook

There are many reasons to stay off Facebook while on vacation, returning to find your house robbed is a good one. Robbers are searching Facebook and Twitter for people away from their homes on vacation. Social Media has made it normal for people to communicate instantaneously with one another to the point it is expected […]

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The Help Desk Does Not Need Your Password

There is no reason to give your password to anyone including “The Help Desk.” A popular social engineering scam has a caller stating they are from “The Help Desk” and requires a users password for some sort of account maintenance. The caller will then take the password and hijack the account. The NU Service Desk […]

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June 21 – New Phishing Emails

The following two phishing emails been received by the NU community. When you look at the link in the email you will see that it goes to a non NU website. This is a good indication that this email is a phishing email as NU would never ask for your username and password through a […]

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Trends in Email Based Malware Attacks

Malware authors try to trick users by spoofing or imitating emails from legitimate companies. The user will think the email is real and click the links or open email attachments. These links and attachments will install the Malware and start to take over the computer. A recent report by the blog

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Prevent Your Computer from Overheating

It is summer in Boston and the heat has arrived. As you try to keep cool don’t forget about your computer. Heat is very dangerous to your laptop and desktop. It will shorten the lifespan of computer components and hard drives, make the computer run slower, and even in extreme cases burst into flames. (Not […]

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Online Classes Lead to Online Cheating

The growing popularity of online classes has given rise to a new generation of cheating techniques. A simple Internet search reveals thousands of links offering different ways to get an A while fooling the testing systems. The article by The Chronicle of Higher Education Online Classes See Cheating Go High-Tech describes an arms race between […]

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Don’t click “unsubscribe” from spam messages

Here is some sound advice from SANS: Security Awareness Tip: Don’t click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of unsolicited emails Spam filters are catching most unwanted e-mail, but some might still reach you. Most spam is designed to get you to respond with your own email or to click a link to “unsubscribe.” When […]

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Manage Your Security Settings and Backup

Manage Your Security Settings and Backup -Change the administrative password on your computer. Make it hard to guess. -Keep your administrative password to yourself. -Keep all computer and system passwords to yourself. Never use another’s password. -Remove un-necessary user accounts from your computer. -Remove guest accounts. Turn off file-sharing features. -Turn off un-necessary services such […]

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