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Watch What You Click
The Internet is simultaneously an almost unlimited
information resource and home to untold numbers of criminals
and con artists who live to separate you from your money—or
even your identity. Below are the more serious dangers
you're likely to face when using the web. IT FOR FIT has
designed technology to filter a significant quantity of
fraudulent email, but it’s nearly impossible to filter all
spam without accidentally blocking good email. Please
evaluate with caution any email received that requests you
provide security information.
Online Fraud: Don't get hooked by a
Phishing is the practice of sending e-mail that looks like
it is from a bank, brokerage house, or other (usually
financial) institution such as eBay and PayPal. The e-mail
directs you to click a link and then enter your account
information in order to log onto the institution's website.
The purpose is to steal the username and password you've
established with the institution and pilfer your account.
Remember that IT For FIT will never ask for your
username and password.
Though you can't usually keep such e-mail out of your inbox,
you don't have to fall prey to such tactics. If you receive
an e-mail from an institution with which you have an
account, always expect that the e-mail is a fraud and never
use a link in the message to enter your account information.
If you suspect the e-mail is legitimate, you should enter
the URL of the institution directly into your browser's
address line in order to access the institution's website.
Never trust a link embedded in a message.
Anti-Phishing Working Group
provides information about recent threats as well as tips on
what to do if you fall victim to fraud.
Who's Watching You: The Dangers of Spyware
The term spyware covers a broad range of programs that,
among other things, report your browsing habits to various
marketing companies; inundate you with pop-up ads; or even
record your keystrokes (such "keystroke loggers" are
especially interested in the 16-digit sequences that make up
credit cards numbers). What separates spyware from viruses
is that with spyware you agree to have the offensive
software installed on your computer. By clicking "Yes" to
the license agreement (which most people never read) that
accompanied the file-sharing software, weather-tracking
software, online screen saver, password-saving utility,
animated greeting card, etc. you downloaded, you agree to
give over your computer to spyware. You can even get spyware
from clicking a link in your buddy's instant messenger
You can insulate yourself from spyware by exercising caution
in where your browse and what you download. Don't download
and install “free” stuff from the Internet unless you are
certain it is spyware-free. (A Google search will often tell
you what programs and services come with spyware attached.)
If you can't be certain, don't download it. Never click on a
pop-up ad, especially one that purports to be from a
“spyware-cleaning” service. And do your friends a favor and
don't send them any cute animated greeting cards.
Barbarians at the Gates: Dealing with Spam
in your Inbox
Not only is spam an enormous nuisance, it is also the
vehicle used to spread viruses and perpetrate fraud. It is
therefore very important that you take whatever steps you
can do minimize the amount of spam you receive.
More Deadly than Ever: Viruses go
New Virus threats are identified daily with the potential to
do far greater harm because it is very hard to detect.
leave few if any traces of infection on a compromised
computer, making them devilishly difficult to detect and
erase. Your best defense is to keep your antivirus software
up-to-date, use a personal firewall, and to be
extraordinarily paranoid about what software you download
and install on your computer. IT For FIT automatically
distributes and updates anti-virus software to your FIT
computer when you login to the network. However, your
personal computers also need to be protected. Call Customer
Service for advice and recommendations.