Safety Tips for Cyber Monday

On Cyber Monday, as well as throughout the holiday shopping season, the number of attacks to online shopping sites increases dramatically.  The good news is that everyone can drastically reduce the risk of being a victim by following a few basic security practices.

  1. Login directly to the official website for the business, instead of clicking on a link in an email.
  2. Beware of offers that are too good to be true.  Cyber criminals frequently use extremely low prices on popular items to draw in potential victims.
  3. Always use anti-virus software and be sure to keep it up to date.  Remember: Purdue University offers to faculty, staff and students antivirus software at no cost.  Please visit the following website for more information.  https://www.itap.purdue.edu/shopping/software/product/virusscan/index.html
  4. Only make purchases using websites with a secure connection.  You can determine this by checking the address line of your browser during the purchase process; it should start with HTTPS.
  5. Use your credit card instead of your debit card when making a purchase.  Credit cards offer added protection from fraudulent transactions.  You can also take advantage of alerts of abnormal account activity.

Enjoy your Holiday Season!

 

Post Content from IS Security Lead Katie Gutierrez.

Important Information Regarding the Electrical Upgrade on June 26th

As previously announced by Physical Facilities, the University will be closing at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 26th through June 28th to allow for a major electrical upgrade. Please save all of your open documents and power down your campus computer prior to 5:00 pm June 26th.

Systems that will be affected by this upgrade:

  1. All PNC.EDU Webpages
  2. Faculty/Staff Email
  3. Net Storage
  4. Network Drives
  5. Banner (INB/SSB)
  6. Printing
  7. Portal
  8. Student Email
  9. DegreeWorks
  10. Unitime
  11. Login Services
  12. Cognos
  13. Touchnet

BlackBoard Learn will NOT be affected by the power outage. To access BlackBoard Learn please go to https://mycourses.pnc.edu

Virus Alert!

What is the issue?

 Security Alert – Virus attempt being circulated via the e-mail

Virus E-Mails are an attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.  E-Mail purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure unsuspecting public. Virus emails may contain links to websites that are infected with malware.

When did the problem start?

At approximately Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:43 AM the following message started circulating via Email:

 SUBJECT: You have received a invoice

ATTACHMENT: New_Document(1).zip

MESSAGE:

Invoice. Please download and read attachment.

END of MESSAGE ****

What are we doing?

Information Services is taking necessary steps to block and protect against this message.

How are the users affected?

Don’t click on the attached file!  If you click on the attached file, you could be infected with a virus that will be forwarded to anyone in your address book or recent contacts.  The person receiving your email would then be infected with the virus if they open the document and it would be forwarded onto all of their contacts.

Who is affected?

Faculty, Staff, Students and persons outside the university

Is there anything that the affected users should do during or after the outage?

DO NOT click on the New_Document(1).zip file or the executable contained within the zip file.

Who is the contact person?

If you have any questions or concerns or you feel your computer may have a virus or malware, please contact the Helpdesk at 219-785-5511.  We can send a technician to run a virus scan on your computer.

Purdue North Central, other organizations or businesses will never ask you for your password or other sensitive and protected information via E-Mail.  Please be careful when you click.

Planned Outlook Maintenance April 17th

There will be a scheduled maintenance period on Friday, April 17th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The system affected by this outage is:

  1. Outlook/Microsoft Exchange
  2. FS Email via PNC Website

NOTE: This outage will NOT affect Blackboard Learn.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions about this scheduled outage, please call the IS Help Desk at ext. 5511.

Addition to Planned Outage

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Information Services

There is an addition to the planned outage this coming Friday,  file storage will also be undergoing routine maintenance on Friday, April 3rd from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please keep in mind these times are intermittent and it would be best to remain logged off during this window.

The system(s) affected by this outage is:

  1. Outlook
  2. Campus Calendar
  3. NetStorage

NOTE: This outage will NOT affect Blackboard Learn.

 Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions about this scheduled outage, please call the IS Help Desk at ext. 5511.

Scheduled Maintenance Period

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Information Services

There will be a scheduled maintenance period on Friday, April 3rd from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The system affected by this outage are:

  1. Outlook
  2. Campus Calendar

NOTE: This outage will NOT affect Blackboard Learn.
Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions about this scheduled outage, please call the IS Help Desk at ext. 5511.

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New Simple Scan Station

Information Services has a new scanner located in the main computer lab (T265).

This BookScan Station makes scanning, saving and sharing as easy as 1, 2, 3. Now you can scan, save and even edit important documents and school papers. Share your favorite book excerpts, old letters and photos online with colleagues and friends around the world.

The simple touch-screen guides you through the process to scan from text books, books, magazines, class notes, photos, and more! Save your scan to a USB drive, GoogleDocs, or scan and send it immediately to an email account or your mobile device (QR code reading app required).