Important Notice from Information Technology Services

March 28, 2003

International tensions are now quite high in the Middle East region and elevated throughout the world. Universities and other organizations have been notified of malicious, repeated, persistent attempts to hack into computers stemming from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Cuba, Syria, and Libya, countries that may indicate impending or actual attack by terrorists.

Please take a few minutes to review and implement some basic and effective measures to protect your computer and your privacy:

1) Ensure that the password protecting your BearID is an effective and secure password. Use a password that is more than 6 characters and includes a mixture of letters and numbers. Do not use passwords that would be easy to guess such as your name or the name of a spouse, pet, child, etc. To change your password, please go to https://www3.baylor.edu/cgi-bin/setauthpwd

2) Ensure that the Norton Antivirus software is installed on your computer and up-to-date. Information on doing this is at http://www3.baylor.edu/its/help_desk/virus_info.htm

3) Do not open attachments in emails that you are not expecting to receive--even from someone you know since the Internet allows people to send an email using someone else's email address fooling you into thinking it is coming from someone you know.

4) Please be aware that malicious code (e.g., worms and viruses) can be introduced to spread rapidly by using patriotic or otherwise catchy titles, encouraging users to click on a document, pictures, animation, malicious web page, etc., which automatically spreads the damaging code.

5) It is also a good idea to turnoff your workstation when you are away for long periods.

If you have any questions or concerns or you suspect any suspicious computer related activity, do not hesitate to call the ITS help line at 4357 (HELP)

Departmental Server Administrators: many departmental servers are at an increased risk in the wake of several newly discovered vulnerabilities. If departments have any concerns about their servers, please call ITS for help.

Best Regards,

Reagan Ramsower, CIO