Identity Resilience

Identity theft isn’t new, it’s been around since the 1800s. Anytime personal information is stolen and used to commit fraud, it is ID theft. The modern era has amplified the ability to commit this type of crime, and now we see frequent attempts to do this, especially during a crisis. Continue reading »

Three Basic Tips for Protecting Your Home Computer

Amid the ongoing events and our recently remote arrangements, you may find yourself in a different location or using a home computer for your work duties. OIT has the following three tips for using your own personal hardware to do your work. Following this advice will better protect you, your… Continue reading »

Traveling? Stay secure while in motion

Cybersecurity Tips For Travelers Before You Go Update your mobile software. Treat your mobile device like your home or work computer. Keep your operating system software and apps updated, which will improve your device’s ability to defend against malware. Back up your information. Back up your contacts, photos, videos and other mobile… Continue reading »

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and education to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. The theme “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”… Continue reading »

Purple Air security certificates have been updated

To prepare for the upcoming semester and keep our wireless network secure, OIT updated our campus security certificates today. Some devices (Apple laptops, phones and tablets in particular) may prompt you to trust or accept a new certificate for Purple Air or for Eduroam.  Please do so.  In rare cases… Continue reading »

Important updates for Windows, Chrome, life

Operating systems like Windows and Mac OS update themselves often.  Programs like Firefox and Chrome do it even more frequently.  However it is important to check occasionally to verify your automatic updates are working properly.  This link shows how to check whether your computer is pending updates: Security… Continue reading »

Computer Recycling (Greenup) Program

Bring out your dead (tech) – OIT computer recycling project is back May 29-30-31 Computer Recycling (Greenup) Program PLEASE do not put your computer equipment in the trash. For one, it’s not green. Two, it’s not safe – someone could grab your computer, boot it up and read… Continue reading »

Email gift card scam

A persistent email threat is hitting us and other schools, the “gift card” scam. The hook is the email appears to come from a Williams department head, chair, or even the president, but it is really from a scammer using an external account. They have subjects along… Continue reading »

Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day (DPD) is an annual international event held each year on January 28th to promote awareness about the many ways personal information is collected, stored, used, and shared. It is also an opportunity to provide education about privacy practices that will enable individuals… Continue reading »

Secure Online Shopping

In 2016, for the first time ever, shoppers bought more online than in stores.   It’s very convenient, but keep in mind all Internet-connected devices are vulnerable, especially when being used for purchases. The holiday season is the perfect time for… Continue reading »

Fake “your account was hacked” emails

Dear Williams Community, Many, many Williams people have been receiving fake emails regarding “hacked” accounts. Typically the two ways they will throw you off guard is to either display an old password in the email, or to send the message as you (with your email as the From address).  Rest… Continue reading »

Passwords are passe!

You need 2-step to be secure. Over 1550 Ephs and over 20 administrative departments are protected by 2-step! We need you to join the herd. Think it’s not important? Read on to see how lack of 2-step has dramatically impacted companies like JP Morgan, groups like the DNC and many… Continue reading »

Beware Email Job Scams

Fake job emails sent to college students are fairly common. They often put you off guard since they can mention the town or the school you are in currently. There are several simple ways to avoid being scammed. How can you spot these scams? It’s very unlikely you will get… Continue reading »