tidBiTS
Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

Give your input on UNB's Identity and Access Management policy

tidBiTS

Posted: August 12, 2019 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , IT Announcements , General Interest


ITS is seeking input from faculty, staff and students on UNB’s draft identity and access management (IdAM) policy.  What is IdAM? IdAM refers to the set of business policies, processes and supporting infrastructure for managing how we create, maintain and use IT accounts at UNB. It enables us to: Secure access to resources; Efficiently manage this access; Respond faster to changing relationships; and Protect confidential information from unauthorized users. Have a say in the...

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Tips to help you travel cyber-safely

tidBiTS

Posted: June 7, 2019 10:10:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest , Tips and Tricks


Travelling outside of Canada this summer for work or vacation? Here are some best practices for keeping your devices and information safe and secure during your travels: Remember, border agents have the right to access all your devices, including phones, tablets, laptops and even USB keys. Avoid travelling with sensitive information on your devices. If you must travel with sensitive data, save your files to the cloud (using your UNB Office 365 email or OneDrive) rather than directly on your...

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Keep track of all your passwords with a password manager

tidBiTS

Posted: May 29, 2019 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , Tips and Tricks


Having a hard time remembering all your passwords? All passwords should be unique and complex, but keeping track of dozens of them can be challenging to say the least. That’s where a password manager can help. A password manager is an application that safely stores and creates complex, unique passwords for your convenience. There are many available, but UNB recommends Dashlane and LastPass – they’re free and can be used for all types of devices and systems. Just make sure...

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Take time for digital spring cleaning

tidBiTS

Posted: May 24, 2019 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , Tips and Tricks , IT Security


In the span of a year we can accumulate a lot of digital “clutter”, from apps we don’t use anymore, to unorganized files we plan on sorting through later, to email trash bins overflowing with junk mail. A bit of digital spring cleaning can go a long way in helping you not only feel more organized, but also keep your personal information and accounts secure. This spring, give these digital cleaning tips a try: Make sure all your software and apps are up to date Review your...

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Watch out for fake CRA tax refund emails

tidBiTS

Posted: May 13, 2019 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , Tips and Tricks


This time of year, cyber criminals often send emails claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) letting you know your tax refund is available and to click a link to claim your refund. Don’t fall for a tax refund scam - if you receive an email like this, do not click any links or open any attachments. Instead, log in to your CRA account directly from the CRA website and you’ll be able to see any legitimate statements or refund messages within your account.  Learn...

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A quick and easy way to check if your online accounts are at risk

tidBiTS

Posted: May 8, 2019 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest , Tips and Tricks


We use our email addresses to sign up for countless online services, from loyalty reward programs for our favourite shopping sites, to social media accounts, to subscriptions to eNewsletters and more. Unfortunately, these sites are also popular targets for cyber criminals trying to steal user information. So how can you know if your email address or other personal information is at risk? Visit haveibeenpwned.com and enter any email address(es) you use to sign up for online services. If the...

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Three new cybersecurity tools/features coming May 1

tidBiTS

Posted: April 29, 2019 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , IT Announcements , News


Three new cybersecurity tools/features are coming this May to help keep your UNB account safe and secure: 1 – Account login history app UNB’s login history app shows you all the recent logins to your UNB account so you can keep an eye out for suspicious logins or activity. To access the app: Faculty/staff: Go to your myUNB Portal > eServices > IT Services > Account Options > Account Login History Students: Go to your myUNB Portal > eServices > Computing > Account Login...

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Beware of gift card email scams

tidBiTS

Posted: January 30, 2019 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest , Tips and Tricks , IT Security


An email scam has recently been targeting UNB, appearing to come from a trustworthy UNB source such as a fellow faculty or staff member asking you to “do them a favour” and purchase gift cards on the university’s behalf. The email claims you’ll be reimbursed by UNB for the purchase. Don’t get caught up in a gift card scam. If you receive an email like this: Ask yourself: does the person requesting the gift cards have the authority to do so, or the authority to...

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New Collection #1 Data Breach - is your information at risk?

tidBiTS

Posted: January 23, 2019 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security , Tips and Tricks , General Interest , IT Security Alerts , Design Desk


Earlier this month, a large collection of credential stuffing lists (combinations of email addresses and passwords used to hijack accounts on other services) was discovered being distributed on a popular hacking forum. The data contained almost 2.7 billion records including 773 million unique email addresses alongside passwords those addresses had used on other breached services. This aggregate mass of credentials called ‘Collection #1’ has been prominent in the news lately. ITS...

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ITS Management Briefing - UNB cybersecurity progress report

tidBiTS

Posted: October 26, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , Management Briefings


A year ago, the President’s Executive Team (PET) approved UNB’s Cybersecurity Program, a document describing a new standards-based approach to managing cybersecurity and a set of initiatives designed to vastly improve the university community’s awareness of cybersecurity threats and ability to deal with them. This report outlines the current status of those initiatives. UNB’s next generation firewall (NGFW) has been fully deployed. This is the university’s first...

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Tips to keep your data and devices safe during international travels

tidBiTS

Posted: July 13, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , Tips and Tricks , General Interest


Planning a trip outside of Canada? Before you go, familiarize yourself with these best practices for keeping your devices and data safe during your travels. 1. Avoid traveling with sensitive information on your devices. If you must travel with sensitive data, save your files to the cloud (using your UNB Office 365 email or OneDrive) rather than directly on your device. 2. Temporarily remove any apps that hold personal information from your device and wait until you’ve arrived before...

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New cybersecurity training for faculty and staff

tidBiTS

Posted: March 28, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , News


This spring, a new cybersecurity training tool (Beauceron) is being launched to UNB faculty and staff as part of UNB’s Cybersecurity Program. Available to the university at no cost, this cybersecurity awareness training is designed to educate you on the cybersecurity threats UNB faces so you’re better equipped to protect yourself, UNB and its data from these threats. Information Sessions All faculty and staff are invited to attend an information session to learn more about...

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Tips to protect your accounts from data breaches

tidBiTS

Posted: October 30, 2017 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks , IT Security , General Interest


It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Take some extra steps this October to protect your accounts and information from falling into the wrong hands. Minimize your risk of having your personal accounts compromised in a data breach: Use strong passwords for all your accounts. Limit your exposure by disabling any accounts you don't use or need anymore. Subscribe to a free service like haveibeenpwned.com to notify you when personal accounts linked to your email address...

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Boost your social media safety for Cyber Security Awareness Month

tidBiTS

Posted: October 25, 2017 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , Tips and Tricks , IT Security


It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Take some extra steps this October to protect yourself online. Social media is a great way to connect with family and friends, but your contacts may not be the only ones perusing your profiles - hackers often browse social media sites to collect personal information about you to pursue their nefarious work. Here are some tips to help keep your social media accounts safe: Protect your identity Use different usernames and passwords for your...

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Protect your personal computer with free antivirus software

tidBiTS

Posted: October 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , Tips and Tricks , News , IT Security


It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Take some extra steps this October to protect your devices and information from security threats. Why not start with antivirus software you can download for free. Sophos Home is ITS’s recommended antivirus software for personal (non-UNB) computers. This award-winning software is available for free for Mac and Windows and can help protect your personal computer from malware, viruses, ransomware, and more. Download Sophos...

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5 Ways to Protect your Personal Computer from Security Threats

ITS

Posted: October 12, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks , General Interest , IT Security


It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Join ITS in building a more cyber-safe UNB this October - take the time to review your online safety practices and protect your personal computer from security threats: Turn on your firewall Firewalls are the first line of defense: they block connections to unknown or phony sites and prevent viruses and hackers from accessing your computer. Your computer operating system has a firewall that can be turned on very easily.  Update your wifi...

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Tips to help you stay safe while shopping online this holiday season

tidBiTS

Posted: October 6, 2017 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks , General Interest , IT Security


The holiday shopping season has started and rather than deal with big crowds, cramped parking lots and cold weather, you may opt to shop in your pajamas from the comfort of your own home.  If you’re shopping online this holiday season, here are 5 tips to keep in mind to make your experience safer: Look for the padlock Trustworthy online retailers use secure technologies to make sure your personal information is protected. Look for the padlock in your web browser address bar or for...

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Kick start National Cyber Security Awareness Month by securing your mobile device

ITS

Posted: October 2, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News , IT Security , General Interest


It's National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Join ITS in building a more cyber-safe UNB this October - keep an eye on tidBiTS for weekly tips on how to help protect your personal information and devices, as well as those of the university, from cybersecurity threats. Start by giving your mobile device a security tune-up. Today, mobile devices are used for far more than just talking; we use them to browse the web, access our accounts, and store files and information just as we would...

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New Email Phishing Scam Targeting UNB

ITS

Posted: September 11, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security Alerts , News , IT Announcements , IT Security , General Interest


A new phishing email has been discovered at UNB with the subject line “Final messages from University of New Brunswick admin”. The email claims you have important unread messages from the ‘University of New Brunswick Administrator’ and asks you to a click a link to review your messages and avoid service interruption. If you received this email, please do not respond or click on any links and report it to the UNB IT Service Desk right away at itservicedesk@unb.ca,...

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Keeping Your Data Safe When You Travel

ITS

Posted: August 1, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security


By now you've probably heard the United States is considering issuing a ban on laptops and other large electronics on international flights. If you're flying into or out of the US, you may be required to follow these new regulations. The first -- and probably easiest -- thing you can do to reduce your risk is to not carry sensitive information on your devices at all. If you can leave important documents at home or in the cloud (using your UNB Office 365 email or OneDrive), you can travel with...

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New Phishing Attack Targeting UNB

ITS

Posted: January 20, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: News , IT Announcements , IT Security , IT Security Alerts , General Interest


A new phishing email has been discovered at UNB with the subject line “HELP DESK URGENT UPDATE”, claiming your account has been locked due to a virus and asking you to login. If you received this email, please do not respond or click on any links and report it to the ITS Help Desk right away at helpdesk@unb.ca or (506) 453-5199. If you responded to this phishing email, please change your UNB password immediately and contact the Help Desk so we can check to see if there has been...

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Latest Trends in Malware for 2017 - Ransomware continues to rise

ITS

Posted: January 18, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest , IT Security


In 2016 we saw the rise of ransomware, and the FBI reported ransomware was well on its way to becoming a $1 billion a year crime. Prior to 2017, MalwareBytes, known for their anti-malware protection, compiled a list of predictions cybersecurity experts will see in the New Year. Among this list are rising threats such as ransomware becoming increasingly more targeted towards potential victims. Another looming threat is the opportunity for a new, sophisticated exploit kit to be developed by...

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Impact of lynda com security breach on UNB users

ITS

Posted: December 21, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security , General Interest , IT Security Alerts


Lynda.com was recently the victim of an unauthorized third party data breach. It is not expected that passwords or specific user accounts were accessed, however user course and contact information may have been accessed. Anyone who has logged in to a lynda.com account through UNB ITS within the past year has been notified of this issue. I have a lynda.com account - what do I need to do to minimize my risk? If you re-used a password you currently use for other online services, we suggest you...

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Keep your Devices Safe with the Latest Security Updates from Apple

ITS

Posted: September 28, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security


Apple recently released security updates for macOS Server, macOS Sierra, Safari and iCloud for Windows to fix known vulnerabilities that cybercriminals could otherwise take advantage of to remotely access your devices. Help keep your stuff safe – check the App Store and your mobile device settings to make sure you have the latest security updates. For more information on Apple’s latest security updates, check out the latest posting from the US-CERT. Protect Yourself. Protect Your Stuff....

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Tips to Keep in Mind While Sharing Public Computers

ITS

Posted: September 22, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , Tips and Tricks , IT Security


Now that classes have started up again, you can expect to be spending some time in shared study spaces and computer labs in the days and months to come. While public computers on and off campus are convenient and greatly appreciated, here are some basic tips to keep in mind while making use of them: Always ensure you’re fully logged out of websites and try to avoid automatic login features that offer to save your username and password. Always lock your computer before leaving it unattended...

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Are you staying safe on public Wi-Fi networks

ITS

Posted: August 25, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security


Many people are unaware that they can be putting themselves and their personal information at risk while using public Wi-Fi networks. Even if the network appears to be secure (it requires a password), you are still leaving yourself extremely exposed to anyone you’re sharing the “secure” network with. Lifehacker has offered some tips on How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks: 1. Adjust your settings to turn off the ability to share files, printers, etc.2. Double-check your settings to...

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Know How to Stay Safe During the 2016 Olympics

ITS

Posted: August 10, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest


High-profile events – such as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro – create a perfect environment for cybercriminals and hackers to strike. What to know: For those of you who will be following and supporting the Olympics from your televisions and devices, it is important to be on guard – due to the immense global attention the sporting games receive, Olympic themed attacks are currently a very popular choice for cybercriminals. What to do: Be extra cautious...

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Macro-Based Malware Is Your Computer Safe

ITS

Posted: June 15, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security


Macros are used by Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.) as a way to improve productivity by automating routine tasks; however, this legitimate functionality can be manipulated by cyber criminals as a way to gain access to information on vulnerable computers. Because there has been a recent increase in malware that is spread via macros, it is important to ensure you are being proactive about keeping your computer secure. Eliminate the possibility of coming into contact with...

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Malvertising Campaigns making you think twice before clicking website pop-ups

ITS

Posted: May 25, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest


Just like companies use popups and online advertisements to attract new customers, cybercriminals do the same, but with a catch – their well-crafted advertisements are infected with malware. This method of spreading malware allows cybercriminals to put in minimal work and still hit a large number of users that visit an infected webpage by clicking a pop-up. In one recent ‘malvertising’ campaign, several online casino websites were infected, with their pop-ups directing users to infected...

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Are you leaving yourself exposed on Facebook

ITS

Posted: May 19, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest


When was the last time you investigated your Facebook profile—or in social media terms, “creeped” yourself? For many people, Facebook is a way of keeping up with what is going on in other people’s lives; because of this, many of us are guilty of forgetting that our lives are also on display for others. Social media is more popular than ever and it is a very good idea to know that you have control over what parts of your life are on display for current and future employers, strangers,...

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Learn how to disable geotagging for photos on your mobile device

ITS

Posted: May 11, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest , Tips and Tricks


Did you know? Your device may tag photos taken with your mobile device with the location the photo was taken. This feature is called ‘geotagging’ and is available for both Android and Apple devices. When you are setting up your device for the first time, this setting can sometimes get overlooked. Geotagging uses your Wi-Fi, built-in GPS, and service provider’s cell-towers to pinpoint your location. When you take a photo, the GPS coordinates of where that photo was taken will be tagged to the...

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12 Tips to Stay Safe on Social Networks

ITS

Posted: May 5, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , Tips and Tricks


As social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram look for new ways to connect people together using personal information, it’s important to know what personal details you should or shouldn’t be sharing to keep yourself safe. It’s more than just friends, family, friends of friends, or even the government you need to worry about snooping your social media profiles – many cybercriminals will use social networks as a starting point to gather information on you before launching their...

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US-CERT releases alert on ransomware

ITS

Posted: April 28, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security Alerts , IT Security


Ransomware has been making waves in 2016, with popular strains such as Locky being used to target UNB and similar institutions. How does your computer get infected with ransomware? Ransomware often piggybacks off of other forms of malware that show up on your computer. For example, a type of malware that steals banking information may infect the device first, followed quickly by ransomware to lock files and folders that may contain information, photos, and anything else deemed...

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New tool by Bitdefender can unlock common ransomware

ITS

Posted: April 21, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security


A free tool developed by Bitdefender is now available to clean up computers that had files encrypted by the fast-spreading ransomware, Locky. Bitdefender is an anti-virus software vendor that has been on the frontlines to help prevent malicious attacks, releasing a similar tool in November 2015 to unlock Cryptowall infections. Other anti-virus companies such as Kaspersky have also released tools to unlock similar ransomware infections as they flood email inboxes and websites. For more...

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UNB moves to block rtf files from external email senders

ITS

Posted: April 21, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , IT Announcements , Our Community


Due to a rapid increase in the amount of phishing emails and infected attachments, UNB has moved to block .rtf files, a format used by cybercriminals, on incoming emails to UNB. If you or someone you know needs to send a legitimate .rtf file to a UNB email from off-campus, please use UNB’s Secure File Drop. Although this change will prevent infected .rtf files from reaching UNB email inboxes, cybercriminals may move to more commonly used file types such as .doc and .zip files. These file...

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Tips to protect yourself and your device while banking on mobile

ITS

Posted: April 13, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks , IT Security


Mobile banking can be a major convenience when you need to transfer money or pay bills when in a rush or on the go. Unfortunately, there are also risks that come with mobile banking, especially if your mobile device is not secured properly to defend against malware and other forms of cyberattacks. Visiting public Wi-Fi’s, running an outdated operating system, or using weak passwords can all lead to your mobile device becoming infected in an attempt to steal your banking credentials. Make...

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Tips to secure your mobile device while travelling

ITS

Posted: April 6, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , Tips and Tricks


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="250"] www.pcworld.com[/caption] Have you ever wondered who else may be using a public Wi-Fi while you’re connected? While travelling, touring a city, or visiting your favourite restaurant, your device may connect (even automatically) to a free, public Wi-Fi. Cybercriminals often monitor high-traffic public Wi-Fi’s and target devices with low security settings. Without certain precautions, your information, credentials, and device accessibility may...

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Are your Apple devices updated with the latest security patches

ITS

Posted: March 30, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security


In light of the recent cyberattacks hitting computers and mobile devices, Apple has released multiple security updates for iOS, OS X, Safari, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. These updates fix known vulnerabilities that cybercriminals could have taken advantage of to remotely access your devices. To ensure you have applied the latest updates, check your mobile device’s settings and visit the App Store for Mac OS X updates. For more information on Apple’s latest security updates, visit the...

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Learn more about Locky and how it can impact you

ITS

Posted: March 24, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest


With the recent waves of infected Word documents reaching users’ email inboxes, it’s time to understand what Locky is and how your devices and information can be affected. Locky is a widespread strain of ransomware that is infecting approximately 90 000 systems per day, typically by being disguised in a Word doc or .zip file. With the widespread attacks, it’s important to know how to prevent Locky from slipping onto your computer. KnowBe4 has some important tips you can follow to prevent...

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Recognizing fake online banking websites

ITS

Posted: March 16, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks , IT Security


Cybercriminals are always willing to go the extra mile when it comes to phishing for information. Fake online banking websites are no exception to this - they can look nearly identical to the real site. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="350"] image from Cubby - LogmeIn[/caption] To spot a fake online banking website, you don’t even need to visit it. It all starts in the phishing email that normally contains a link to the website. By hovering over the link with your mouse cursor, you...

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Tips to protect yourself from Fraud

ITS

Posted: March 9, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security


With the ever-growing threat of cyber fraud, it’s important to know how it could happen to you and what you can do to prevent it. Online attackers are always looking for new ways to steal your information and your money. When your device is connected to the internet, it’s important to remember that any built-in protection is only as good as you are. If you click a malicious link, or download malware onto your device, it becomes that much harder for your device to remain secure. In...

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How to find Email Headers in MS Outlook

ITS

Posted: March 3, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security , General Interest , Tips and Tricks


Are you trying to report a possible email phishing scam to the ITS Help Desk? You may be asked for the email headers for the phishing scam. What are email headers? Email headers provide information about an email, such as the sender, receiver and the subject line. Email headers can also identify information about the route the email has taken since its origin and how it finally ended up in your inbox. Emails that are continuously forwarded may have a very lengthy email header because it...

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Phishers using new bait in the latest wave of attacks

ITS

Posted: February 19, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Geek Speak , IT Security , General Interest , Tips and Tricks


Cybercriminals are using new methods to hide their phishy links. In the latest phishing attacks hitting UNB, the attackers used shortened URLs such as Goo.gl, tinyURL, and bit.ly to mask their malicious sites from users who hover over the false links to see their true destination. Shortened URLs are redirection services, used to make links much smaller, primarily for when you’re trying to reduce the number of characters for a social media post. Now, cybercriminals are using shortened URLs...

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Google is fighting to protect you from deceptive download buttons

ITS

Posted: February 10, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security , General Interest


Have you ever been the victim of a false download button? They pop up anywhere and everywhere. If you’re on Google Chrome, then your internet browsing just got a bit safer. As of February 3, 2016, Google Chrome now warns you if you’re about to visit a webpage with known deceptive download buttons that are trying to trick you into clicking them. If you visit a webpage with a deceptive download button, or any form of social engineering, you will be redirected to Google Chrome’s red warning...

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Has your iPhone been repaired by a non-Apple Technician? You may be in trouble after newest iOS update

ITS

Posted: February 10, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest , IT Security , TechSpeak in Translation


Thousands of iPhone users are being hit with Error 53 after the newest iOS update was released, which checks if your iPhone 6’s Touch ID sensor correctly matches the device’s other components. If your home button has been replaced by a non-Apple certified technician, your iPhone will likely receive Error 53 when you try to install the latest iOS 9 update. Have you received this error and are looking now for a solution? Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer any real solution...

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Cyberbullying becoming a growing concern at University It doesn t just end after High School

ITS

Posted: February 4, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security , Our Community , Tips and Tricks


In today’s world, more and more children and young adults are falling victim to bullies over the internet. As social media finds new and faster ways to connect people, cyberbullies are able to take advantage and use social media to target individuals. It’s important to make sure you, and your children understand how to identify cyberbullying and address it before it has real life implications. Find out the latest tips to help prevent and stop cyberbullying at connectsafety.org . Learn...

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UNB making waves with Cyber Security strategy

ITS

Posted: February 4, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

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


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="350"] David Shipley, ITS Director of Strategic Initiatives[/caption] The internet is becoming an ever-increasing hostile environment for not just organizations, but people, too. More and more people are falling victim to phishing attacks, malware infections, and everything in between. UNB’s moves to address its cybersecurity risks through a new holistic strategy were recently highlighted in a story on IT World Canada. David Shipley, ITS’s Director...

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Most recent iOS update fixes public Wi-Fi vulnerability

ITS

Posted: January 27, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest , IT Security


If you haven’t updated your iOS device to 9.2.1, here’s one reason why you should. A vulnerability recently discovered by Skycure, allows attackers to setup public Wi-Fi’s and use them as a trap. When a user connects to the Wi-Fi and begins logging into services such as social media, or online banking while connected, the attacker is able to access the victim’s accounts. Now for the good news – with the release of 9.2.1, this vulnerability has been fixed! As such, those who haven’t updated...

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New Report warns of Malware infecting 1 3 of websites with stolen content

ITS

Posted: January 27, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest , Our Community , IT Security


A new study from Digital Citizens Alliance has reported that one in every three websites that distribute copyrighted material illegally are infected with malware. What is even more frightening is that that 45% of these infected websites only required a single page-visit from unsuspecting visitors for the malware to infect their computers. Malware found on these websites ranges from invasive toolbars to botnets, which create a network of infected computers used for various illegal...

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The worst passwords of 2015 - Did yours make the list

ITS

Posted: January 21, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest , IT Security


Are you guilty of using ‘password’ or ‘123456’ as a password for something important? You’re not alone. A company that develops Password Management Software has released a list of the 25 worst passwords of 2015, with only a few new ones from the previous year. If your password is on the list, we recommend you change it ASAP! Visit CBC’s article to see the full list of 2015’s most common passwords. For more information on password protection, visit go.unb.ca/itsecurity . Protect Yourself....

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Tips to secure a new tablet

ITS

Posted: January 21, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security , Tips and Tricks , General Interest


Are you looking for tips to help secure that new tablet you received over the holidays? SANS Institute’s January edition OUCH! Article may be able to help. With 5 tips to securing your device upon setup, this month’s OUCH! Article is sure to help you make smart decisions on how to protect information on your tablet. In addition to learning how to secure your tablet, you will also learn how to keep your tablet secured in the long run. Get the full article here and start making smarter...

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Malware found on torrent websites infecting millions of users every month

ITS

Posted: January 20, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security


Are you trying to get your hands on a free copy of software, video game, or movie? What you may not realize is that illegal copies can come with nasty surprises. If you’re not worried about copyright infringement, then perhaps malware will make you think twice before downloading illegally. A recent report has suggested that approximately 12 million users are exposed to malware by downloading torrent files every month. Malicious software comes in all shapes and sizes, and you never know...

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Value of a hacked Email Protect your Privacy

ITS

Posted: January 6, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest , IT Security


Have you ever wondered what a cybercriminal would do with your email if they ever hacked your account? With a hacked email, cybercriminals are able to also steal other accounts your email address is associated with, by requesting password resets. Using information found in your inbox, they can slip through basic authentication steps for websites like Facebook, Twitter, and other social network websites. It doesn’t stop there – cybercriminals can even use hacked email to gain access to...

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

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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 look for to help keep you safe while shopping online. Check out these 12 helpful tips from Global...

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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 following the instructions below: How to back up your BlackBerry device How to back up your iOS...

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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] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3amGgNz06c[/embedyt] #UNBarmYourself – learn how to protect yourself, protect...

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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 up with eye-catching, informative posters to help spread awareness. See their “Timeline of a phish”...

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

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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 the wrong person – www.scamadviser.com can quickly analyze a website for you and provide details of...

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Avoid Copyright Infringement and Malware Stop downloading illegally

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Posted: November 19, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest , Our Community , IT Security


When you illegally download music, movies, or even software on a UNB computer, you’re not just breaking the law and jeopardizing yourself and UNB – you’re also jeopardizing your device’s security. Many third party websites that offer software and media for free are also bundling those products with malicious software without you even knowing. Your “free” movie may cost you online credentials, steal money from your online banking or even lock you out of your device entirely. It’s not just...

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Protect your computer from Malware and avoid the loss of data

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

Category: General Interest , IT Security


One of the most destructive malicious software around is called ransomware – an infection that locks you out of your own files when it sneaks onto your computer. Once locked, it demands a ransom to be paid to regain access. If you choose not to pay the ransom, you will lose any files that are locked. One such ransomware is on the rise, targeting websites hosted on Linux operating systems. After it has slipped onto the machine that is hosting the website, the ransomware locks all webpages and...

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Cyber Criminals finding new ways to slip malware on to apps for iPhones and iPads

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Posted: November 5, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest , IT Security


iPhones and iPads may be known for being more secure than Androids, but that doesn’t mean they are 100% safe from security threats. Although Apple has a very strict process that applications must pass before being published to the App Store, cyber criminals are continuously developing new methods to slip through the security cracks. Just recently, CBC reported that developers based in China, were tricked into using malware infected code on apps such as WeChat, CamCard, and WinZip, which...

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Finish off Cyber Security Awareness Month by taking UNB s free online course

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Posted: October 29, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , IT Announcements , General Interest


Cyber Security Awareness Month might be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean we should stop learning about cybersecurity threats and how to protect ourselves, our stuff and UNB from them. That’s where UNB’s Cyber Security Awareness Course can help. Available to all faculty, staff and students for free through D2L Brightspace, UNB’s Cyber Security Awareness Course takes less than an hour to complete and covers everything from data protection, to phishing attacks, to how to identify a...

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Stay safe while connected to a Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot

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Posted: October 29, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest


Have you ever used public Wi-Fi in hotels, restaurants, airports, or even in major cities? These hotspots are an easy way to connect to the internet when in a rush, but they aren’t just convenient for the daily city dweller – they’re also convenient for cybercriminals looking to steal personal information from unsuspecting users. Public Wi-Fi’s allow anyone to connect to them and without the right protection, your device could be accessed by anyone else on the Wi-Fi. Fortunately,...

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Protect Your Stuff - Mobile Security more important than ever

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Posted: October 22, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest , Our Community


Cybercriminals are relentlessly targeting people’s mobile devices – and they’re using new ways to do it. Although manufacturers are making sure their devices are airtight from cyberattacks, vulnerabilities are found that allow criminals to squeeze through the gaps. Below are 5 ways that you can close the gap and protect your device from cyberattacks. Use a password! Smart phones come preloaded with password protection features, and using one can protect your information in the event of...

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UNB s Cyber Security Awareness Campaign in the spotlight

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Posted: October 22, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Announcements , IT Security


This October, UNB’s Cyber Security Awareness Campaign kicked off throughout the UNB Community to bring students, faculty, and staff up to speed on the risks and threats that exist on the internet. On October 7, the Brunswickan featured an article on UNB’s ambitious campaign. ITS’ David Shipley, who is leading the campaign, said “people take internet privacy for granted”. When our community members are visiting infected websites, and opening infected links, UNB becomes targeted by millions...

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Can you spot a phishing email Take the quiz and find out

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Posted: October 7, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest , Our Community


Want to test your cyber security skills? Take the free online quiz and find out how well you can spot a phishing email. Phishing scams come in all shapes and sizes and don’t only use emails to try to trick you. Cybercriminals will use text messaging and even phone calls to try and get you to give out your personal information. Falling for one of these scams doesn’t just impact yourself, it can also affect your friends, family, and even coworkers. If malicious software finds its way onto...

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Spear phishing Have you heard of these targeted attacks

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Posted: October 7, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community , IT Security , General Interest


Phishers are always creating new attempts to steal critical information that could put you in jeopardy. One of the more serious forms of phishing is a spear phishing email which is a socially engineered email that specifically targets an individual. The sender pretends to be someone of authority and makes a request to be completed with urgency, encouraging the unsuspecting individual to skip authentication steps or regular procedures when performing tasks such as money transfers. How can...

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Shedding light on a growing concern for Higher Education in North America- Cyberattacks

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Posted: October 1, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community , IT Security , General Interest


UNB has helped kick off National Cyber Security Awareness Month in both Canada and the U.S. with a column by ITS’ David Shipley on the cyber siege of universities and colleges in North America. In his article, David highlighted several major higher ed cyberattacks, including one which caused Penn State University’s entire Engineering School to be taken offline, followed by a similar attack on University of Virginia. Why are these institutions, along with many others across North America,...

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Protect yourself Protect your stuff Protect UNB - October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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Posted: September 30, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest


On October 1, ITS is launching a Cyber Security Awareness Campaign in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month to help protect students, faculty, staff, and the university as a whole from cyber threats. What can you do to help keep yourself, your stuff, and UNB safe? Take UNB’s IT Security Awareness Course in Desire2Learn (D2L). Stay informed about the latest cyber security threats, news & tips at go.unb.ca/itsecurity. Make sure your devices and software are always...

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Take extra security steps to protect your Android device

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Posted: September 24, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , Geek Speak , General Interest


A recent article by CBS News has announced that malware targeting Android devices is still on the rise, with dangerous vulnerabilities being discovered and jeopardizing millions of devices. Since the recent discovery of the Stagefright vulnerability, manufacturers have been working  quickly to find solutions to ensure Android devices are safe and secure; however,  cyber criminals continue to hunt for new, discrete ways to steal information from users by cracking into their devices. Why are...

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More than 1 2 Billion in losses from email scams worldwide from October 2013 to August 2015 reported by FBI

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Posted: September 3, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Announcements , IT Security , General Interest


If you have ever wondered how much money online scammers are making, just look at the FBI’s most recent estimates - In just less than two years, criminals have caused more than $1.2 billion (US) in losses to businesses worldwide. Using a method of social engineering known as masquerading, scammers are impersonating company executives or outside vendors to request money e-transfers. In many cases they’ll send emails that look like they’re coming from a president, vice-president or other...

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Prevent your computer from feeling under the weather due to malware

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Posted: August 26, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security


A recent trend of malicious attacks is on the rise, silently hijacking computers just by visiting a website, or clicking advertisements hosted by certain networks. What started out as visitors being infected with malware by visiting www.weather.com and other websites that received advertisements hosted by AdSpirit.de, has now developed into several advertising networks being hit, impacting more websites, including Yahoo, Drudge, Wunderground and more. These malicious attacks use old...

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Users on dating site catching more than just fish

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Posted: August 26, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security


With the recent hack of an Adult Dating website that led to millions of users’ account information being released, it may be a good time for other dating websites to re-evaluate their level of security. Let’s start with Plenty of Fish (POF), whose users also recently came under attack in a different way – through third party advertisements on the POF website. Recent visitors to www.pof.com may be sent elsewhere if an ad is clicked, which takes them to a malicious site that installs malware...

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Spear-phishing email scam targeting University employees with payroll scam

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Posted: July 15, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Announcements , General Interest , IT Security


A new spear-phishing email scam is on the rise, specifically targeting university employees. With the use of sophisticated, legitimate-looking emails and webpages, scammers are posing as university HR departments, requesting you to log in to a fake HR website to identify a change in your employee status. Once they have your login information, the scammers then use it to access your account and change your direct deposit banking information, which could result in theft of your next paycheck....

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Prevent theft of your data Encrypt your USB Drives

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Posted: July 8, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

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


Using a USB drive to transport large amounts of sensitive information is still very common today, even with the many ways we can upload and share data online. Not only that, people also use USB drives to run applications, and as a way to lock their PC. But what happens to your data if your USB drive gets lost, or worse, stolen? In many cases, your information will remain on the USB drive, vulnerable and easily accessible to whoever’s hands it ends up in. To help keep your data safe, you can...

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PayPal Users beware New Phishing email on the rise

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Posted: July 2, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , Tips and Tricks


If you’re a frequent user of PayPal, don’t get fooled by the latest phishing email circulating people’s inbox. A new phishing email, claiming to be from PayPal, states that your account has seen unusual activity and requests you to log in and update your credit card information. It doesn’t end there. The email also has a description at the bottom about how to identify fake emails. With plenty of links to click that all feature PayPal in the name, someone in a rush could overlook the red flags...

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Ruthless new ransomware hits Android users

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Posted: June 24, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest


Do you use your smartphone like a computer and check emails, download files, and even just browse the web? Make sure you’ve got protection. With more and more malicious software spreading across the internet and creeping into mobile devices around the world, it’s more important than ever before to be aware of how malware could impact not just your device, but your personal information stored on your device. A new ransomware is on the rise, and it’s a ruthless one. Posing as an Adobe Flash...

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Just when you thought Malware couldn t get any worse Watch out for Crimeware

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Posted: June 10, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest , Our Community


Malicious software can come in all shapes and forms, but the most dangerous form is Crimeware. What is Crimeware? Crimeware is malicious software designed to expressly perform illegal online activities, typically implemented by organized crime. The latest from this category is a Trojan Horse known as Zeus or Zbot, that attempts to steal any confidential information from compromised machines. If your computer becomes compromised from visiting sites infected with malware or unintentionally...

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Don t hand over your Credit Card number to Bell Aliant Themed Email Scam

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Posted: May 20, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security


Have you received an email supposedly from Bell Aliant notifying you you’ve been charged for paper billing and requesting your banking information to view your bills online? Don’t be fooled by this well-crafted email scam. If you receive any email that smells phishy, especially if it’s asking for personal information, always go to the company’s website from your web browser (do NOT click any links in the email) and check out their email policies. Email scammers will go as far as creating fake...

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Don t let your Android device get locked for ransom

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Posted: May 13, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest , IT Announcements


A new ransomware is on the loose, targeting Android users in Canada. This new malicious software has the ability to make your Android device almost unusable by locking screens and displaying fake government warnings. The malware is reported to slip onto devices from unofficial app stores that advertise adult content and, once in place, locks your phone and demands a ransom to be paid via PayPal to unlock the device. Infected devices are currently in the thousands, but that could quickly rise...

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Has your email account been pwned

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Posted: May 6, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , Tips and Tricks


Do you use your email address to sign up for online services, eNewsletters, online shopping, and more? Your email could be at risk. Websites are regularly attacked by cyber criminals for user data, such as email addresses and other personal information. So how can you know if your information is in jeopardy? haveibeenpwned.com can help. When you search for your email address or username on haveibeenpwned.com, you will be informed if your information has appeared in any public lists or reports...

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Another CRA-themed phishing email is on the loose

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Posted: April 29, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , General Interest , IT Announcements


Have you received an email that looks like an INTERAC e-transfer from the Canada Revenue Agency? Almost looks legitimate, right? Well, don’t be fooled by this email scam. Cyber Criminals are creative with the way they try to catch unsuspecting victims with their phishing emails. With INTERAC e-transfer becoming a popular choice for transferring money, scammers are betting on users to overlook and not double check emails if at first glance it looks like something they are already expecting,...

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Have your Checklist ready the next time you receive a fishy email

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Posted: April 15, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , Tips and Tricks , General Interest


As more people become aware of email scams, it forces scammers to get more creative with their phishing attempts. Email scams can look almost identical to a legitimate one. Not everyone has the time to spend hours investigating an email to ensure its legitimacy. That’s why we created a 4-step check list to help you quickly and easily identify if an email is a scam. Check who the email is supposedly coming from and ask yourself if this is a service you are using or if you were expecting...

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Is your Android Device actually turned off New PowerOffHijack Malware works when you think your phone is shutdown

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Posted: April 8, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security , IT Announcements


Have you ever considered downloading an app from an unofficial Android App store? Here’s a reason NOT TO. A new malware threat that arose earlier this year is lurking in unofficial app stores waiting to hijack your phone’s shutdown process. Just when you think you’ve shut down your phone,  the PowerOffHijack malware goes to work recording audio, making outgoing calls, taking pictures, and more, all while your device’s screen is black and appears to be turned off. How do you avoid infections...

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New Malware targeting Android Phones

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Posted: July 3, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , TechSpeak in Translation


If you thought your phone was safe, think again! Cybercriminals are getting smarter and smarter every day, and have even developed ways to attack you through your cellphone. By sending links through text messages, unsuspecting users can get directed to webpages and offered illegitimate apps that may cause harm, or steal personal information from their mobile devices. Google has been very responsive when it comes to battling malware on Android devices, but cybercriminals are getting more...

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Ransomware - Malicious Software on the rise

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Posted: July 3, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , TechSpeak in Translation


Have you heard of ransomware? Another form of malicious software is on the rise, locking valuable computer files and data away from users with a powerful encryption tool. How do you get your files back? Retrieving your files is no easy task. The ransomware usually demands payment to regain access, otherwise the locked files and data will be unrecoverable. Criminals using ransomware are not discrete about it once they have locked data on a user’s computer. Notifications are sent to the...

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Don t get caught by the new iTunes phishing scam

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Posted: June 25, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Announcements , IT Security , General Interest


Dear Customer… Your account is now locked. If you have received an email that starts something like this, do not listen to it! There is a new phishing scam targeting Apple users, threatening to lock their iTunes account if they do not update their account. If you clicked the link the email provided, you’d see something like this: Most companies will never ask for this information in an email, but as scammers become more sophisticated, it can be very difficult to detect a phishing...

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Now is your chance to Opt-out of Spam

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Posted: June 11, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , TechSpeak in Translation , IT Security


Starting to see eNewsletters from companies asking you to ‘opt-in’ to continue to receive their newsletters? There is a reason for that! Effective July 1, Canada is introducing a new Anti-Spam Legislation. This means that businesses will no longer be allowed to send any form of commercial electronic messages (email, text, cellphone) unless provided with consent from the consumer. While you may not think Spam is a big deal, it is actually a big problem in Canada, ranking fourth on the Spam...

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Phishing for Money

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Posted: May 21, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Geek Speak , General Interest , IT Security


Online scammers are getting more creative every day to try and steal your information. One of the latest scams to surface is a very elaborate Netflix phishing scam. It has since been taken down, but shows just how far scammers and phishers are willing to go. Created by a team of tech support scammers located in India, victims received an e-mail outlining that unusual activity has been detected on their account, which has suspended their username. To reactivate their account, they must...

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Myths of Anti-Virus Protection for Mac

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Posted: May 14, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Geek Speak , Tips and Tricks , IT Security , Our Community


If you have a Mac, you've probably been told at least once in your life that you don't need Anti-Virus protection. Unfortunately, viruses and malware are a risk for any computer, regardless of whether it's a Mac or PC. Here are a few common myths about anti-virus protection that every Mac owner should be aware of. MYTH: There aren't any viruses for Macs. FACT: Although there may be fewer viruses targeted towards Macs than Windows computers, they do still exist. MYTH: Macs already have a...

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