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Archive — Security Tips

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Ransomware Attacks Reported Worldwide

May 12, 2017

There is a new type of ransomware referred to as “WanaCry” spreading quickly around the world, severely impacting services. Continue Reading Ransomware Attacks Reported Worldwide

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Be Alert! Phishers target W-2s

Feb 7, 2017

Tax season brings a rise to fraudulent emails purporting to be from the IRS or others. We recommend to never send sensitive tax documents or personal financial information by email. Continue Reading Be Alert! Phishers target W-2s

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Be Alert! UCI Targeted by W-2 Email Scams

Mar 18, 2016

Beware of emails purporting to be from UCOP and UC Irvine authorities, targeting personal tax information, wire transfers, EFTs, etc. Continue Reading Be Alert! UCI Targeted by W-2 Email Scams

‘Level Up’ Your Passwords

Sep 13, 2015

Let’s face it, passwords %@#$! “Normal people” don’t like dealing with them. “Security people” know they aren’t even secure in the first place [1]. While there is research into replacing passwords with a better form of personal authentication in the future [2] [3] [4],  50+ years of the familiar “username / password” user interface [5]… Continue Reading ‘Level Up’ Your Passwords

What is vulnerability scanning?

Aug 28, 2015

The textbook answer: The automated process of proactively identifying security vulnerabilities of computing systems in a network in order to determine if and where a system can be exploited and/or threatened. My thoughts: House Analogy Imagine a computer is your house.  Much like the doors and windows are ways an intruder can get into your… Continue Reading What is vulnerability scanning?

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the border firewall

Aug 15, 2015

By default, connections from off-campus are denied to campus systems.  If there is a business need, Server Registration  is a tool that allows people to open ports on the firewall for systems they are responsible for.  It is important to periodically review registrations you may have opened in the past to make sure they are… Continue Reading How I learned to stop worrying and love the border firewall

Easily Verify Your Computer is Patched and Secured

Aug 10, 2015

As Beyonce once said, you need to keep your computers constantly patched [1]. This is especially important for people who self-administer their own computers or use personal computers for some of their work at home. Qualys, a well-respected security company, offers a free tool to make that easier called BrowserCheck. It is a browser plugin… Continue Reading Easily Verify Your Computer is Patched and Secured

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