Author Archive | Christopher Jones

STOTHW – Phony Virus Reports

There is a worldwide scam taking place that has been gaining momentum recently. A user will receive a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft advising that the user’s computer is infected with a virus. The caller will then instruct the user to go to a Website where they are directed to download and install […]

STOTW – Online Safety Tips

It goes without saying that online safety is becoming increasingly important. While technology can help provide a safer online experience, ultimately you are responsible for your own protection. With that in mind, IT blogger, Ed Bott, has written a great article entitled “Stay Safe Online: 5 Secrets Every PC (and Mac) Owner Should Know.” In summary, those […]

STOTW – Free Malware

Free malware?  Who wants it, free or otherwise? Probably no one, but that’s not what this is about. Using  the word ‘free’ in an online search engine can increase the chances of downloading malware. A report by security company McAfee, indicates that searching for free things on the Internet is an open invitation for some “freebees” that […]

STOTW – Location Services Update

One of the more recent services to hit social networking is location updating. In the case of Facebook Places, this service allows users to provide followers with their current location. It’s interesting technology, but user beware. Case in point: A trio of burglars in New Hampshire were arrested following a series of break-ins. As is turns out, they […]

STOTW – Using Public Computers

Most of us will wash our hands before sitting down to eat. However, when it comes to  using public computers such as ones found in libraries or at airport kiosks, are we equally concerned about cleanliness?  You have no idea of what bad things may be lurking there–either in the hardware or the software. In […]

STOTW – Fake Notifications

An ongoing trend among cybercriminals is to blend social engineering with malware. This is accomplished via the use of fake notifications. A good example is a spurious email message that appears to have been sent from a shipping company like FedEx or UPS claiming that an item you recently shipped cannot be delivered. You are urged […]

Security Tip of the Week – Be Careful What You Say

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are great, but you need to be careful about the information you reveal about yourself on them. Case in point: a well-known blogger tweets that she is turning 35 in a couple of days. A harmless piece of information?  Maybe.  Maybe not. Using the information in this tweet, it […]

Security Tip of the Week – 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 […]

Welcome to the IT Security Blog

The IT Security blog is now officially up and running. The blog is an important channel for presenting current and relevant information concerning the security of UFV’s computer network as well as the security of those who are part of our online community. Working in conjunction with the IT Security Website, the primary focus of […]