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Safe Computing

Attempting illegitimately to access secure information is a booming business these days, and scams are becoming more sophisticated as time goes by. Use these Tech Tips to help stay up to date and keep your private information private.

Anatomy of an IT Message Last week we sent out an important announcement about changing your password. We thought this would be a good time to give you some concrete examples of differences between that message and a phishing message.
If you Changed your Email Password... ...don't forget to update your other devices, or they won't be getting any email! Read on.
Before you Change your Password... We recently sent out an announcement about changes to our password policy. Since then a lot of you have changed passwords and a few of you have run into trouble. Here's what you should know for a smooth transition.
Six Signs it's a Scam It must be phishing season--several examples of scam emails have come my way this week. Here are six clues to look for to figure out if it's legit Hampshire email.
Safe Browsing Your computer is a goldmine to hackers. What should you be doing to protect it? Keep reading to find out.
Don't Save Passwords! If you're a Thunderbird or Firefox user and have ever allowed them to save your password, you might want to think again. Try this...
Using a Master Password in Thunderbird or Firefox Recently we told you why we don't like users to save their passwords in Thunderbird or Firefox. If you still want to save your passwords, set up a Master Password to protect yourself.
Erasing Data before Tossing out Your Computer We have found computers in our dumpsters with very sensitive personal data still on the hard drive, including tax records. This would be a bonanza for an identity thief. What to do? Read on.
The Importance of Being Updated Microsoft and Apple regularly release software updates to the operating system and applications. These updates are often the delivery mechanism for security patches, and it's important that you install them.
The Importance of Being Updated Microsoft and Apple regularly release software updates to the operating system and applications. These updates are often the delivery mechanism for security patches, and it's important that you install them.
Don't Touch that Phish! When you receive unsolicited email that is at all suspicious, don't click on links, don't load images, don't reply! What do we mean by suspicious? What do we mean by don't touch? Read on.
Guarding Against New Malware Threats This past week we discovered a new technique in malicious software: dialog boxes that interpret any interaction as an invitation to infect your computer. What can you do when any place you click is unsafe?
Learning from Security Scares The Conficker worm scare might just fizzle out without significant damage, but there are lots of malware threats out there. This week we'd like to recap important computer security practices.
Password Security Have you ever given out your password? When is the last time you changed your password? Is your password strong or weak? Being lax with your password can affect people across campus and beyond. Here are some password tips.
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing? Spyware developers are becoming more and more devious. Often what looks like a helpful offer to disinfect your computer is actually an undercover attack. What to do?
Please Don't Feed the Phish! When you receive unsolicited email that requests your user name, password, or other personal information, don't reply; that just feeds into the scheme. Please read on for details.
Protect your Computer from Theft There have been several thefts of computers on campus over the past few months, don't let it happen to you! Use common sense and a lock and you can save yourself the cost of a new computer. Read on for suggestions.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Porn Virus*  *but were afraid to ask. It's real, it's out there, and we can help you get rid of it. Better yet: don't fall for it.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Porn Virus*  *but were afraid to ask. It's real, it's out there, and we can help you get rid of it. Better yet: don't fall for it.
Choosing a Great Password Hampshire IT has released our password policy, which you can (and should!) read in full. Here's a quick excerpt to get you started.
Protect your Computer from Theft There have been several thefts of computers on campus over the past few months. Don't let it happen to you! Use common sense and a lock and you can save yourself the cost of a new computer. Read on for suggestions.
When you Change your Email Password... ...don't forget to update your other devices, or they won't be getting any email! Read on.
Don't Touch that Phish! When you receive unsolicited email that is at all suspicious, don't click on links, don't load images, don't reply! What do we mean by suspicious? What do we mean by don't touch? Read on.
Password Security We've updated our password page (password.hampshire.edu), and figure this would be a good time to remind you of best practices with your password.
Protect your Computer from Theft There have been several thefts of computers recently, on campus and around town. Don't let it happen to you! By using common sense and a lock, you can save the cost of a new computer. Read on for suggestions.
Don't Fall for the Phish! We're seeing yet another spate of email scams, trying to get you to give up your email password. Don't let the phish catch you!
Fake AVG Malware Threat Well, we knew it was going to happen sooner or later: a new PC virus threat that does a pretty good job of looking like our own antivirus solution, AVG. For details on how to recognize and avoid it, read on.
Protect your Computer from Theft There have been several thefts of computers recently, on campus and around town. Don't let it happen to you! By using common sense and a lock, you can save the cost of a new computer. Read on for suggestions.
Renewed Malware Threats for Mac and PC This past week we've seen an uptick in malicious software: dialog boxes that interpret any interaction as an invitation to infect your computer. What can you do when any place you click is unsafe?
MacProtector? Not Exactly... We've seen a couple of cases this week of malware infections on a Mac. Along with instructions on getting rid of it, we've got some antivirus software to help you avoid this and future infections.
 

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