Device Security & Virus Prevention

LastPass password manager

WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH MY CURRENT PASSWORD SYSTEM (OR LACK OF ONE)? Passwords are the most ubiquitous form of authentication on the internet today.  You probably know that you should have a strong, unique password for every online account you have. The problem How do you come up with a… Continue reading »

How Breaches Outside of Williams Affect You

How to keep your data safe when your accounts at major sites are compromised. Yahoo!, Dropbox, MySpace, Pandora, LinkedIn…these are just a few of the sites which have had data breaches. How do you keep your own data safe?  To start it is important to have strong and unique passwords!… Continue reading »

Preventing Device Theft

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. Don’t leave your device… Continue reading »

Be Scam Aware

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 in place for years just made easier through the use of email and social media.  Our scam awareness document helps you recognize and avoid… Continue reading »

2 Factor Authentication

Hackers want your password and it can be exposed through a number of methods like phishing, a compromised computer or through a data breach at another service like LinkedIn. Did you know we have a system available that will prevent people from accessing your Williams google account even if they… Continue reading »


    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month Learn the small actions you can take that will make a big difference to your online security at home and at Williams. WEEK 1 – PHISHING – Don’t give up your usernames, passwords or financial information due to an… Continue reading »

Data Classification Policy and Usage Guidelines

Data Classification Policy and Usage Guidelines Whether you study, teach or work at the College, you possess information that should be protected from exposure.  Personal information has a lot in common with money – it has value, whether it’s your SSN, bank account number, or account usernames & passwords.  These… Continue reading »

Which Login to Use for Various Services

Services that use your Williams Network Account  Username & Password Email (Login ID is: [email protected])  Wireless network access: Purple Air Printing (PaperCut) Microsoft File Services (F, G drives) Active Directory GLOW OIT software downloads (online training) Faculty/staff benefits (bswift) Williams Wiki restricted pages Remote Access To Library Databases (the proxy… Continue reading »

PC Networking

Before arriving at Williams Secure your computer – Run Windows Updates All Windows computers must have current critical updates and anti-virus software. Windows 10: Start menu > Settings > Update & Security Windows 8: Click the Windows button > type update > click the settings field > choose Windows… Continue reading »

Phishing Emails

Is it real? If you have to ask, it probably isn’t! Here are examples of some of the most recent phishing emails we’ve seen: This recent phish pretends to be from DropBox. Note the strange email address and the link that did not go to Drop-Box. This… Continue reading »

Laptop Encryption

All laptops supplied to Williams College employees who work with protected information should have their computer encrypted.  Encryption ensures that stolen or lost laptops can not be accessed for data theft. Since the summer of 2015 Williams has been using three encryption models.  Windows laptops prior to 2015 have TrueCrypt.   TrueCrypt… Continue reading »

Java and other web plug and add-ins

Recently there have been many warnings in the news about vulnerabilities in Java.  Although no protection system is foolproof, OIT does provide several layers of security to help prevent computers on our campus from being exploited. Java, Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash all have web browser plug-ins (add-ins) which are optional… Continue reading »

Report Phishing Attempt

You may forward suspicious emails to [email protected] to notify OIT of a suspected phishing attempt or use our online form .  The types of emails that are of high concern are those that ask for information from the recipient, such as login information. When you do recognize a phishing email it… Continue reading »

Filtering Email With Your Mail Client

In this climate of increased spam you may find it useful to permanently filter email you receive from a specific source. Different email clients do this in different ways, listed below are some examples from common clients. If the “From” address is consistent you can create a rule to move… Continue reading »


Impulse SafeConnect endpoint security policy management system This system does NOT do digital rights management (DRM) in any way. It does not scan all the files on a computer. It does not report any user activity back to the server or to the manufacturer. What it does do is check… Continue reading »

File Encryption

How to Encrypt Files for Secure Email Transmission or Storage Why Encrypt? Massachusetts Law requires that legally-protected personal financial information be encrypted if sent over public networks, such as the internet. You may also need to protect information your office considers confidential, regardless of any legal requirement. This document describes… Continue reading »

Sophos Antivirus

For Faculty & Staff Mac Instructions: College Macs already have Sophos Anti-virus installed.  If you find the need to reinstall the application you can do so from the Self-Service program located in your Applications folder. For home computers, the Mac already has some built in protection but we recommend you… Continue reading »

Spyware & Malware

Downloading something cool? Are you sure it’s not Spyware? What is Spyware? The term spyware covers a wide range of situations from the benign (browser cookies) to the malicious – applications which are indistinguishable from viruses. In fact the worst spyware applications are like viruses designed to make money, which… Continue reading »

Scam and Phishing Identification

How to recognize phishing email messages or links Phishing email messages are designed to steal your personal information. They ask your to respond with account information, or direct you to websites where they ask you to provide personal data. A few clues can help you spot fraudulent email messages or… Continue reading »

VPN (Virtual Private Networking)

Williams VPN Running the VPN client allows you to establish a secure connection to the college network.  Your computer acts as though it were here on campus.  Among other things this allows a keyserver connection to run Williams licensed software from off-campus. The VPN connection is limited to Faculty, Staff… Continue reading »

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