Urgent need to update your devices

As if we don’t have enough excitement with the beginning of a new year, please take a few minutes before the semester gets into full swing and update your devices. This is good advice for any device, which can benefit from software updates and regular power-off/power-on cycles, but there are… Continue reading »

Live Securely in 2023 (part 4 of 4)

Still following along but not feeling secure, or without care? I’ve summarized the last couple posts in this series in a handy grid below, organized by the two main areas, identity protection and software updates.   While I don’t advocate printing it out, it can be easily copied into a… Continue reading »

Using Software “Without Care” (Part 3 of 4)

You may remember from the first post of this series that the word “security” originates from the Latin roots of “se” and “cura” which literally means “without care”. Wouldn’t we all like to be secure and not have to deal with all this security stuff? You can…and it’s easier than… Continue reading »

Live Securely in 2023 (Part 1 of 4)

I started my career in IT decades ago and I was always interested in the security of systems. Recently, I came across an old study guide for an information security certification I achieved in 2012. The guide was from 1998, and it reminded me that I’ve been doing this for… Continue reading »

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Fatigue Attacks

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Fatigue Attacks – What they are, what they mean, and what to do. If you’ve been paying attention to securing your information, you’ve likely heard to use a second-factor with your authentication, going a step beyond the traditional credential pair of a username and password and using… Continue reading »

Access Considerations For Employee Transfers

Process for managing data when an employee changes departments within Williams When a Williams employee changes departments (for example someone going from the Office for Information Technology to the Facilities department), Google shares, drives, calendars, email aliases and lists need to be manually changed.   The employee, supervisor and possibly department… Continue reading »

Phishing, Smishing and Vishing is on the rise

Phishing, Smishing and Vishing is on the rise…don’t fall victim to these attacks! Welcome to NCSAM week 2! This week we’ll take an in-depth look at three of the most common social engineering attacks, and the characteristics that aid in correctly identifying them. But before we reach that three-way fork,… Continue reading »

Update your software now to be ready for fall!

No matter your hardware platform of choice or what software you use, they all need updates from time to time, often to protect you and your data from loss or harm. Run through this brief checklist to ensure your systems are as ready as you are for the fall. 1. Install… Continue reading »

FBI warns about fraud risk on LinkedIn

It’s officially summer, and the criminals hope to enjoy it with your money! The scams that the FBI has investigated recently involve a person that may contact you via LinkedIn offering some sort of cryptocurrency investment advice. They want you to invest in a platform or market that they recommend,… Continue reading »

Printing issues on Windows computers after a Microsoft update

UPDATE 10/25/21:  We now recommend you re-add your printers by following the directions here: The campus is seeing Windows computers which have received a Microsoft update this week then being unable to print and unable to add new printers. Our current solution is to uninstall the particular update,… Continue reading »

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