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Summer Security Reminders for Students

Posted on by mechling

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

Posted on by mechling

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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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 recommends that … Continue reading

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Recent Security Updates

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Microsoft released seven critical updates for Windows, Office, Edge, and Internet Explorer, as well as a critical update that resolves vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player when installed on Windows systems. Continue reading

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May 5 is World Password Day

Posted on by mbordas

The first Thursday of every May is World Password Day, when users are encouraged to brush up on their password security practices. Read on for some useful password tips.

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Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows

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Apple has ended support for QuickTime 7 for Windows, which means that the company will no longer provide security updates for the Windows version of QuickTime 7. Continue reading

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