University of Southern California

Monthly Archives: August 2016

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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