UW-Green Bay’s IT security officer and network manager David Kieper recently distributed an advisory warning campuswide about the recent spate of potentially dangerous email messages (spam, of course) advising users that their email storage is over capacity or their accounts are expiring. Kieper’s message is worth repeating here, for benefit of out off-campus Log readers. He notes that these often contain links that take you to a web site where you are asked to enter your name, network account, network password, and/or birthdate. These messages are bogus phishing emails intended to lure you to a website operated by cyber criminals with the intent to steal your personal information. Red flags in these email messages:
• The sender’s email address is not an expected University email address.
• Messages from individuals or with attachments you are not expecting – these messages may ask you to log in to get a file or resource
• Messages that ask you to complete a task, often times with the threat of loss of some service
• A web link cleverly crafted to look like something we should trust
The University will never request your account or password for any routine account or email maintenance or to ensure your “account is active,” the CIT advisory said. If you ever receive such a request, you never click on any link in the message or reply to it — just delete the message.
Our own Dave Kieper was featured Monday (May 20) in an NBC 26 news story examining the potential privacy pitfalls of smartphone use. With so many people now relying on smartphones for banking and other sensitive transactions, hackers increasingly are targeting the devices, the story says. “You have that phone and it’s unsecured, boom, very quickly you’re in trouble,” IT specialist Kieper told reporter Alex Hagan. Hackers have begun to make downloadable apps to attack consumers, Kieper said, and consumers need to be aware and protect themselves — and their devices — from unscrupulous people. Full story.
CIT is reminding graduating seniors that their UW-Green Bay UserID accounts will be deactivated in roughly one year. They’re telling May grads to beat the rush and start loading stuff they’d like to keep to jump drives, external drives, whatever. Details at http://uwgbcomputing.wordpress.com/.
Many thanks to CIT’s Patricia Theyerl for passing on a helpful online tidbit about Microsoft Excel. Tech Republic’s “10 things” blog recently posted “10 Advanced Formatting Tricks for Excel Users,” which Theyerl tells us is particularly helpful. Check it out here.
A victim of late January’s snowstorm, the CIT Brown Bag Session “What’s New in Internet Explorer 9?” has been rescheduled to noon Friday (Feb. 8) in Instructional Services 1004. Pat Theyerl will demo what’s new in Internet Explorer 9 and remind us how to clear our browsing histories, set toolbars, and view favorites. Free and open to all.
More from CIT: Tips from Common Craft
Our friends in Computing and Information Technology also encourage those who are interested to check out the “Explanation Experts” corner at the Common Craft training site. Common Craft’s 3-minute, cut-out style videos are very helpful, we’re told, in making topics like “Cloud Computing” and”Augmented Reality” easier to understand. See more.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette on Wednesday (Feb. 6) ran a story that looks at how colleges and universities — including this one — guard against identity theft and fraud in the digital age. The story quotes UW-Green Bay Police Lt. Jeff Gross, along with manager of Network and Infrastructure Services Dave Kieper, both of whom talk about preventing and addressing the issues. The story also talks about a recent on-campus theft case that was thwarted by alert staff members who noticed something seemed amiss with a tuition payment. Similar incidents have occurred at NWTC and elsewhere, the story said — but with constant vigilance, incidents can be prevented and responsible parties caught. Full story.
One casualty of Wednesday’s storm was a mid-day session organized by CIT. A new date and time will be announced for the CIT Brown Bag ‘What’s New in Internet Explorer 9?’ to be led by Pat Theyrl. We’ll share the rescheduling details in a future issue.
Trainer Pat Theyerl of CIT will demo what’s new in Internet Explorer 9 this Wednesday (Jan. 30) and remind us how to clear our browsing history, set toolbars, and view favorites. All Brown Bag sessions are at noon in IS 1004. In the meantime, check out the “Explanation Experts” at Common Craft. Common Craft’s 3-minute cut-out style videos are very helpful in making topics like “Cloud Computing” and “Augmented Reality” easier to understand. www.commoncraft.com/videolist
The David Petraeus scandal has brought email security to the forefront, and WFRV, Channel 5 sought out UW-Green Bay’s Dave Kieper for a story on email monitoring and keeping your info safe. “It’s a constant battle,” Kieper said in a story that ran Wednesday (Nov. 14). “Because the hackers are getting better, they change their techniques constantly.” Kieper, manager of Network and Infrastructure Services, recommends using difficult passwords that users change frequently, and protecting private email accounts through encryption. Full story.
Patricia Theyerl, IT trainer and Help Desk professional for CIT, shares the following “how-to” tutorial links for Android phone users. (Note: A Samsung Galaxy Nexus was used to collect the screenshots for these two tutorials, but the directions are very similar to other phone setups.)
• How to connect to UWGB Wireless on your Android phone: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYDcDXmIZog
• How to set up Exchange ActiveSync – UWGB email – on your Android phone: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIBczQzUizA