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Brief Security Reminders

  • It is extremely important to use a passcode/PIN to protect your smartphone! While it is inconvenient, without a passcode anyone who picks up your phone will have immediate access to your email, contacts, applications and possibly passwords that may be saved by some applications
  • Make sure you are browsing securely. On websites that require you to enter any kind of important personal data be sure that your browser displays a "lock" icon and that the web address begins with https://. The lock icon may display differently within different browsers.
  • Do not open attached files from strangers and confirm that files sent from friends are legitimate. These files could contain malware and viruses. Impersonating contacts is a very popular way to get malware past filters to infect a computer.

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Windows XP: Shutting Down...for good.

    Microsoft has announced that its WindowsXP operating system will reach end-of-life on April 8, 2014. After this date, no further updates - including security patches - will be released for WindowsXP. Any computer still running the XP operating system will be blocked from the Baylor network beginning April 1, 2014. It is critical that you work with ITS Client Services to have all computer systems in your department running Windows 7 before the end of February 2014. For more information, see the "Latest News" section of the ITS website at www.baylor.edu/its/.

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Phishing Attacks Continue

    Phishing - sending an email falsely claiming to be a legitimate, trustworthy entity in an attempt to obtain private information to be used for identity theft is still proving to be a threat to Baylor students, faculty and staff. These phishing email messages can look very authentic. An example of an expert phishing attempt that hit campus during the summer is described in a BearAware Alert sent in July. To see it, visit the ITS website www.baylor.edu/its/ > Security > BearAware >BearAware Bulletins/Alert. Remember: Baylor will never send an email asking that you reply with your username/password. If you are suspicious of an email that you receive, contact the ITS Help Desk at (254) 710-4357 (HELP).

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