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Yahoo Encourages Users to Change Passwords

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Yahoo released a statement warning users that over 500 million account credentials – including passwords, telephone numbers, and security questions and answers – were compromised during a data breach dating back to 2014. Yahoo is notifying potentially affected users and is … Continue reading

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Recent Security Updates (September 2016)

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Microsoft Microsoft released seven critical security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, Office Services and Web Apps, and Exchange. These updates address vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution. Microsoft released seven additional updates, which it classified as important, for Windows. … Continue reading

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What Is Encryption?

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What is encryption? Encryption is a security measure that scrambles information so that it becomes unrecognizable. Decoding the gibberish requires a specific key. Encryption is used to protect data sent across networks, ensuring that the data can’t be tampered with in … Continue reading

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Dropbox Encourages Users to Change Passwords

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Dropbox released a statement warning users that 68 million account credentials were compromised during a data breach dating back to 2012. Dropbox has emailed all users believed to be affected by the breach and initiated a password reset for those … Continue reading

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Notice: Suspicious IT Support Calls

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Some USC employees have reported receiving suspicious phone calls claiming to be from an IT support department. These callers ask for various pieces of technical information, such as printer models and IP addresses, in order to fix alleged hardware problems. … Continue reading

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Apple Includes “Important Security Update” in iOS 9.3.5

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Apple released an important security update with iOS 9.3.5, which fixes three zero-day vulnerabilities in the iOS system. (Zero-day vulnerabilities are those that exploit previously unknown vulnerabilities and for which there is no available patch.) A hacker could use these vulnerabilities, … Continue reading

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Clearing Up Misconceptions About What Makes a Strong Password

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Many people think they are creating strong passwords, when in reality they are making it relatively easy for hackers to infiltrate their accounts. Ensure that your password is as secure as possible by avoiding these common misconceptions: “Replacing letters or … Continue reading

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Recent Security Updates

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Microsoft Microsoft released five critical security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, and Communications Platforms and Software. These updates address vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution. Microsoft released four additional updates, which it classified as important, for Windows. … Continue reading

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What Is Spyware?

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What is spyware? Spyware is loosely defined as a type of malicious software, also known as malware, that runs in the background of a computer, collecting private information and transmitting it to a third party without the user’s knowledge. How does spyware … Continue reading

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Security Recommendation: Lock Your Computer Screen

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Installing antivirus software and creating strong passwords are vital practices that will help keep your information secure. But even if you take these steps, you may be putting your information at risk without even realizing it. The easiest way to access … Continue reading

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