Articles by Lynn Melchiori
OIT and the web team will be upgrading the main web server database between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday May 10th. Please be prepared for 5 or 10 minutes of website downtime during this window. from Carl E. Strolle, Office of Communications
Many are reporting having received emails that appear to have been sent by their own email address with the Subject Line: hi prnt Please delete this newest of phishing attempts. For more information about phishing emails check out: Phishing Emails If you did reply to one please follow directions at: What to do if you responded
With an increasing amount of sensitive data being stored on personal devices, the value and mobility of smartphones, tablets, and laptops make them appealing and easy targets. These simple tips will help you be prepared in case your laptop is stolen or your smartphone is missing. It is essential to physically secure your mobile devices
Another round of phishing has arrived in many of our Inboxes today. Subject Line: Prompt response required! Past due inv. #HTD361049595 Body: Hello, I am showing that invoice HTD361049595 is past due. Can you tell me when this invoice is scheduled for payment? Thank you, Jake Gill Accounts Receivable Department DDD GROUP PLC (658) 707
Data owned, used, created or maintained by the College is classified into the following four categories (see the Williams College Confidentiality Policy for more detail) PROTECTED and NOT Approved for Williams College Cloud Storage (ex. Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) State and Federal laws and some contracts impose stringent requirements for protecting certain types of information.
We have traced the problem to a specific version of Google Chrome. Please take a moment to check your version and update if needed. In the upper right corner of Chrome click the button with three horizontal lines, Help, About Google Chrome. If you see an update available, accept it then quit and reopen Chrome.
We have received several reports from departmental admins about a Scott Thomas from Corporate Services calling in regards to toner purchases. He is telling them that he has their pcard information and that he is going to charge them, he just needs to confirm the pcard number. This is yet another phishing attempt. Please do not
OIT has received reports of suspicious phone calls where the caller mentions a name on campus and a department. As with suspicious emails that ask for information, the same guidelines apply to calls, texts, etc. Do not supply personal information, usernames and passwords. If you do receive a call that sounds suspicious and feel that it
Another round of phishing has arrived in many Inboxes over the weekend. The body of the email contains the follow: “Your email account has used 90% of its allowable storage space. Once your account exceeds the allowable storage space you will be unable to receive any email. ” The from address is: email@example.com, which is
The Human Resources system has a new look to it, including the login page, which now has a blue background. This is due to this weekend’s upgrade of the system. The URL continues to be https://ephr.williams.edu. We’d like to take this opportunity to remind faculty and staff to always check URL’s in your web browser’s
The PeopleSoft Human Resources system, including time reporting and approval capabilities, will be upgraded this weekend. The system will become unavailable at noon on Friday, February, 26th. It should be back online by Sunday evening. The URL for logging in will remain the same (ephr.williams.edu). The login page background will be blue, rather than white,
Educause has created an Annual Campus Security Awareness Campaign. Piggybacking on this program, OIT will present monthly security posts designed to help the Williams community work with technology in a safe and efficient manner. January’s edition (a few days late) is on online privacy. There are many precautions end users can take to protect themselves
CET and CLiA are pleased to be sponsoring our annual Movie Madness Short Film Competition! Win up to $100 of media gear from B&H Photo! Get all the info here.
Starting Feb 1 all Remote Desktop Protocol connections (typically Remote Desktop for PC and VNC for Macs) will need to use the Cisco VPN. If you are in an Administrative office you are likely already doing this. But if you connect to your office computer without running the VPN client you will need to start
We’ve recently seen spear phishing emails which appear to come from someone you know, like a supervisor, asking to set up a money transfer or other financial transaction. If this were something you might do as part of your job it may not appear overly suspicious. Spear phishing differs from regular email scams in that
We have been receiving reports of many receiving these scam emails. You can simply delete the message. How can you easily tell this is a scam? The From address does not make sense. The subject line does not follow OIT standards. If you hover your mouse over the Click here link (without clicking) you will see
OIT is changing the default action of an alternate greeting to not accept messages. In the old system you were able to record an extended absence greeting which did not allow the caller to leave you a message. In the new system, an alternate greeting is used but by default it did allow the caller
OIT is happy to announce the availability of voicemail to email notification. Please visit http://oit.williams.edu/telecommunications-upgrade/telecommunications-documentation/voicemail/ for instructions on how to enable the notification and the different options you have to configure some browsers to play back your messages. If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty Staff Support Desk at x4090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come to the lunch talk on Friday, December 11th, and see how faculty and students are making use of the new Studio 275 and 3D printing facilities in their classes. Lunch in the FCC (CET/Sawyer Room 276) noon to 1pm on Friday December 11th. RSVP to http://goo.gl/forms/EFSFLE3E0j appreciated as lunch will be provided.
Contacted out of the blue? Sound too good to be true? Pause and think about it. Online financial scams are the same scams that have been perpetrated for years just made easier through the use of email and social media. Unsolicited email is the starting point for many scams. Before the advent of email, a
All students, faculty and staff at Williams use data which needs to be protected. Information like SSNs, account numbers and passwords have monetary value to thieves. You may also have access to information that is protected by law. Find out what you need to be cognizant of and what to protect. Some data we work
Two factor authentication is a way to double lock your account. Instead of relying on one level of security (your password) it also requires something you have, like your cell phone or printed codes. Together these two things ensure that the person attempting to log onto your account is really you. It’s easier than you
Apple will be releasing the latest version of their operating system, El Capitan, on September 30. We currently recommend that you DO NOT upgrade for any computers used to access Williams systems. El-Capitan is an update to Yosemite (10.10) with fixes, updates and a number of new features that will be available on existing hardware,