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Don't be an April Fool! Beware of FakeAV!

April 1, 2011 by Sara Nagreen

We've been seeing a large increase in the number of fake AV infections on PC computers here at the university.  If you don't know what this is, don't be fooled! 

If you are clicking away on the internet, and suddenly a virus warning pops up, be suspicious! Read more »

Encrypting your online conversations

November 8, 2010 by Sara Nagreen

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Working in Van Hise, I hear many different languages.  They are cryptic sounds of beautiful words rolling about, making me imagine exotic and far flung places.

Computers talk languages like this too.  Network traffic is a conversation on a wire, or in the case of the UWNet wireless network, over radio waves.  If you are listening to an unencrypted conversation, you can understand what is being said.  If you are listening on an encrypted conversation, it's like a foreign language to the listener.  The traffic is still there, but it makes no sense.  Read more »

What kind of sensitive data lives on your computer?

November 30, 2009 by Sara Nagreen

When a computer has been broken into, one of the questions that I will ask the end user is "Do you have any sensitive data on this machine?"

What is "sensitive data"?  Well, anything that might be used to steal someone's identity. Read more »

Securing your Laptop from Theft

April 15, 2009 by Sara Nagreen

There has been recent publicity regarding the surge in laptop thefts campus wide.   UW Police reports that the most thefts are not involving students, but staff.  It’s very easy for thieves to walk into open offices or unattended classrooms and take what they’d like.   That can easily be your laptop as well as your wallet. 

UW Police says that there has been a 300% increase in laptop thefts over the previous year.  The FBI is anticipating a 48% increase in laptop theft this year alone.  Read more »

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