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Summer Security Reminders for Faculty and Staff 

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Faculty and staff, if you will be spending your summer off campus, please keep in mind the following recommendations for protecting your digital privacy. Use Virtual Private Networking (VPN) when Accessing the Internet Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is a secure … Continue reading

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Adobe Addresses Critical Vulnerabilities in Flash Player

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Adobe has published a security update addressing critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and ChromeOS. These vulnerabilities, if exploited, could potentially cause a crash or allow a hacker to take control of the affected system. Adobe acknowledges that … Continue reading

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Recent Security Updates

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Microsoft Microsoft released five critical updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Office. These updates address vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution. Microsoft released eleven additional updates, which it classified as important, for Windows and Exchange Server. For … Continue reading

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Millions of Twitter Accounts Locked Following Data Breach

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A hacker with ties to the recent LinkedIn, MySpace, and Tumblr data breaches now claims to have gained access to Twitter’s account database. The hacker has allegedly posted the account information of 32 million Twitter users for sale online. According to Twitter, the data breach … Continue reading

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Summer Security Reminders for Students

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Whether you’re taking a few extra courses or spending the summer break off-campus, please bear in mind the following tips for keeping your digital information secure. Use Virtual Private Networking (VPN) when Accessing the Internet Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is … Continue reading

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Lenovo Addresses Vulnerability in Accelerator

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Lenovo has released a security advisory addressing a vulnerability in its preloaded Accelerator Application software. The vulnerability could be exploited by a “man-in-the-middle” attack, in which a hacker intercepts communication between two systems. Lenovo recommends that users uninstall Accelerator, an application that … Continue reading

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Stolen Tumblr, MySpace, and Fling Passwords Posted Online

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The same hacker who posted 120 million LinkedIn passwords online last week is now allegedly selling user records for millions of Tumblr, MySpace, and Fling accounts: Social networking site MySpace was hacked in 2013; 360 million passwords have been compromised. Social networking site Tumblr was hacked … Continue reading

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Stolen LinkedIn Passwords Posted Online

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In yet another example of why regularly changing your passwords is a good security practice, hackers have recently begun to sell nearly 120 million passwords allegedly stolen from LinkedIn during a 2012 attack. If you have not changed your LinkedIn … Continue reading

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Microsoft to End Support for SHA-1 Certificates This Summer

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In summer 2016, Microsoft will stop browser support for sites secured by SHA-1 certificates, which have been classified as unsafe. This means that some websites will no longer be considered secure. When Microsoft releases the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this … Continue reading

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Apple Releases Security Updates

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Apple has released multiple updates to address vulnerabilities in tvOS, iOS, watchOS, OS X El Capitan, Safari, and iTunes. Products and applications with new security updates available for download include: Apple TV iPhone iPod touch iPad OS X El Capitain Safari iTunes for … Continue reading

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