Category Archives: Safe Computing

Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Computers

Brian Krebs is reporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning hotels that criminals are installing key loggers on publically available hotel kiosks and business center computers. Keyloggers are either software or USB type sticks that capture every keystroke a user makes on the computer. Criminals install these programs and devices to steal user […]

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Securely Delete Phone Data for Resell

Yesterday a report released by the security company Avast shows that a typical factory reset on your phone does not remove all personal data. Of the 20 secondhand phones purchased for the study the company was able to retrieve more than 40,000 photos, 750 emails and text messages, a loan application, and other personal data. […]

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Changes to NU Wireless Guest Access

Next week, in an ongoing effort to enhance the security of our campus wireless networks, Information Technology Services will be implementing changes to the unsecured wireless network NUwave-guest. On May 21, 2014, ITS will enable registration requirements and a time limit for NUwave-guest access on the Boston campus. All other Northeastern locations will implement these changes at a […]

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New Vulnerability in ALL Versions of Internet Explorer

Overview Microsoft and US-Cert have released an alert about a vulnerability in all versions of Internet Explorer (IE 6 – IE 11) that could allow an attacker to install and run code on a computer. The most likely way a computer would be affected is through a website drive-by-download. A drive-by-download is where a user […]

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What is Heartbleed and how to stay secure? – New Lynda.Com Video

Lynda has released two new videos explaining Heartbleed and how you can protect yourself. The first video, Protecting Yourself from the Heartbleed Bug tells users how they can stay secure and change passwords. View Here: Protecting Yourself from the Heartbleed Bug This second video Heartbleed Tactics for Small IT Shops provides an in depth explanation […]

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Heartbleed Bug – What You Need To Know

As you may be aware from an ITS email and technology news coverage, there has been an extensive security bug found in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library; this news was made public on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The flaw allows private information, which is normally protected by encryption, to be exposed to attackers. This includes […]

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ALERT: Heartbleed – Internet Encryption Bug

This week, security researchers announced the discovery of an extensive security flaw in OpenSSL, called the Heartbleed Bug. OpenSSL is used by a majority of online services to encrypt data over the internet. Sites like Facebook, Yahoo, and Gmail all leverage OpenSSL to encrypt your data. What is the Heartbleed Bug? In a nutshell, the […]

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Windows XP Death Watch – 1 Month Left

Are you still using Windows XP or know someone who is? On April 8, 2014 Microsoft support will end for Windows XP. As a result ITS will no longer support the operating system. Any faculty, staff and labs that are still using computers running Windows XP need to upgrade to Windows 7. There are serious […]

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