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Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

Can t find time to go shopping 12 tips to safely shop online

ITS

Posted: December 17, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks, IT Security


December 25 may be just around the corner, but many people are still shopping online for last minute gifts to avoid the rush in stores and have packages delivered right to their door. Unfortunately, scammers like to take advantage of this by advertising ‘too good to be true’ deals and fast shipping rates to lure people into their traps. The good news is, there are lots of tricks and clues to...

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Encrypt your iOS and Blackberry Backups

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Posted: December 17, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Security, Tips and Tricks


A new breed of malware is targeting iOS and BlackBerry backup files by infecting the computer that holds the backups. The new malware uses a strategy called “Backstab” to steal unencrypted backup data for iOS and Blackberry devices that are saved on infected computers. To protect yourself from this type of cyberattack, make sure your mobile device’s data is properly backed up and encrypted by...

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Happy Holidays from ITS

ITS

Posted: December 16, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Announcements, General Interest


As the year draws to a close here at UNB, ITS would like to wish all students, faculty and staff happy holidays and a wonderful new year! Whether you’re settling down at home or travelling south to avoid the snow, why not take some time to look back on 2015 and enjoy some of the year’s greatest videos with Youtube Rewind. Like you, tidBiTS is also taking a break for the holidays, but we look...

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Have some free time over the Holidays Learn something new with Lynda com

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Posted: December 10, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Our Community


Have you always wanted to learn a new skill, or brush up on an old one, but didn’t have time during the fall term? Get a free online seat for Lynda.com and keep your brain active over the holidays. UNB offers free online learning to students, faculty and staff through Lynda.com - Once your account is activate, you will have 24/7 access for two weeks to as many of the thousands of courses on...

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UNB s New Cyber Security Video will make you think twice before you click

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Posted: December 10, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, IT Announcements, General Interest, IT Security


Did you know that sometimes all it takes for cyber criminals to get ahold of your personal information, like your credit card number and home address, is just one click? ITS recently worked with UNB Media Services to have a short video created to show just how easy it can be for cyber criminals to gain access to personal information, UNB data, and more. Check it out: [embedyt]...

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Behind the Scenes of a Spear Phishing Attack

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Posted: December 9, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security, General Interest


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="234"] Click the image to see the whole poster[/caption] Want to know how cyber criminals plan a spear phishing attack? It may come as a surprise, but months of planning can go into an attack. What’s even more troublesome is that it can takes months to undo or repair the damages caused by a successful attack. PhishMe, a Cyber Security company, has come...

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Make sure you aren t putting up recalled Christmas Lights for the holidays

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Posted: December 9, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, General Interest


An alert from Health Canada recently came out issuing recalls on a number of Christmas Lights with serious issues, such as overheating and fire hazards. These lights were available at Walmart, Loblaws, Dollarama, and other various retailers. Help keep you and your loved ones  safe this holiday season by making sure your Christmas lights are not on Health Canada’s list.

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Netflix phishing email on the loose

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Posted: December 9, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security Alerts


Have you received an email from Netflix informing you that your account details need to be updated? Scammers are once again after login credentials for Netflix via a fake email claiming to be from the popular streaming service. What can they do with your Netflix Credentials? Besides being able to enjoy some quality streaming on your dime, more importantly they can steal your credit card...

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RCMP Phone scam is a wakeup call you don t want to fall for

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Posted: December 9, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Security Alerts


Scammers are calling people early in the day, or late at night, pretending to be the RCM and trying to trick you into forking over money to pay a fine or taxes. To push a sense of urgency, the scammers will even threaten to arrest you within 24 hours if the fine or taxes are not paid. Although this scam has been floating around since 2014, there are still variations being used today. To...

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5 Odd Questions Ian MacMillan

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Posted: December 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Our Community


This month's edition of tidBiTS' 5 Odd Questions features ITS' very own Ian MacMillan. We asked Ian what his role is in ITS: I’m a Web Services Analyst/Technologist, which is a long way of saying I help users build UNB websites with the CMS. Now, for Ian's 5 Odd Questions! 1. Do you have any holiday traditions for this time of the year? I'm a big believer in having a real tree. They're more...

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Exploit kit Angler used to hide malware onto webpages

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Posted: December 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Security Alerts


An exploit kit used by cybercriminals is making waves again, infecting countless webpages and unsuspecting users who visit those pages. An exploit kit such as Angler is a toolkit used by cybercriminals by being injected into hacked websites. When the infected website is visited, the exploit kit will examine extensions, plugins, and add-ons used by that user and look for vulnerabilities to slip...

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Getting ready for Exams Book your study rooms today

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Posted: December 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, General Interest


Are you looking for a quiet room to study for exams with classmates? UNB libraries have study rooms available for booking throughout the year. Just visit the UNB Libraries website, and click Group Study Rooms in QuickLinks. From there, you can select a library under Book Online, pick your time slot and room number, and log in to book that room. Rooms can be booked for up to 2 hours at a time....

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TELUS Mobility Plans Exclusive for UNB Faculty and Staff

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Posted: December 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Announcements


Looking for a gift idea for yourself or a loved one? The UNB Mobility Centre may have a solution for you. TELUS offers two exclusive plans for UNB Faculty and Staff and their family members - one for those who wish to use their own device, and another for those who need a new device. These plans could save you money, or offer more features than what you might be able to get elsewhere. Learn...

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Tis the season to shop online beware of more scams during the holidays

ITS

Posted: December 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Security, Our Community


Are you shopping from home this holiday season? Online prices may look like good deals, but watch out for the scams. If you’re looking for an item that isn’t available on popular online shopping websites or you’re just trying to find the best price, you may venture to unfamiliar sites that offer deals that seem too good to be true. Make sure you don’t hand over your credit card information to...

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