Category Archives: Safe Computing

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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Dangerous Security Bug in iOS and OS X

Feburary 25, 2014: Apple releases update for OS X Apple: Instructions on updating OS X Arstechnica: Apple releases OS X 10.9.2, patches SSL flaw and adds FaceTime Audio support Update iOS NOW! Apple has released an update to address a very serious security problem with iOS 7 and iOS 6. If you have an iPhone, […]

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BBC: the 12 cyber-scams of Christmas

Christmas is a time of celebration and generosity. Unfortunately it is also a time where criminals try to exploit this charity to replace their stockings of coal with your money. From insecure and fake websites to phishing emails and fake anti-virus alerts Christmas scams prey on your generosity and kindness. Read these 12 cyber-scams and […]

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Adobe Hack – 38 Million User Records Stolen

Adobe Hack On October 3rd, 2013 hackers broke into the Adobe network and stole account details for 38 million active users. This data including email address, encrypted password, and password hint has been released to the Internet. Though the passwords were encrypted Adobe used an insecure method of encryption and a large number of the […]

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What is CryptoLocker Ransomware?

What is CryptoLocker? CryptoLocker is a new form of computer virus called “ransom-ware” that encrypts or “locks” files on a user’s computer and then attempts to extort money from the user in return for “unlocking” access to the users’ files. What does it do? CryptoLocker searches through a computer (and any attached networks or external […]

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