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IT Newslett for Students - Feb 2018
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for StudentsFeb 2018
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Update your Firefox browser

 

Mozilla has released the latest patch (Firefox 58.0.2) for its Firefox browser vulnerability. The vulnerability allows potentially malicious code to make its way over to the browser itself and run commands there or on the host computer.

 

Click on the “Open Menu” icon on the top-right side of your Firefox browser.

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Click on “Help” >> “About Firefox” >> Click on “Check for updates

You may need to restart your browser once the update has been installed.

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Fight Against Cyber Threats

 

Practicing good cyber hygiene will allow us to keep our computers and information safe.

Below are some tips to fight against cyber threats:

 

1. Use strong passwords

    Ensure your password consist of a combination of uppercase and lowercase

    letters, numbers, and special characters such as "#*%". Also, do enable 2-Factor

    Authentication for your accounts if it is available.

 

2. Exercise caution before clicking on links and attachments

    Cyber hackers can use links and email attachments to install viruses, worms, and

    Trojan horses on your computer with email purportedly sent by your friends or

    family. Do not click on the email content if you find it suspicious and always check

    with the sender first.


3. Back up information stored in your computer

    Perform regular back up of your data to online storage or external hard disk to

    prevent data loss in the event of hard disk failure or your computer has been

    compromised.

 

4.  Keep personal information to yourself

     Don’t share your personal data such as home address, phone number or other

     personal information online. Also, do not use those information as your passwords.


5. Stay alert when assessing information online

    Always check the source of your information whether it is reliable and trustworthy

    as well as to cross-check against other reliable sources to verify if in doubt.

Safety Tips When Using Public Computer

 

Use of public computers in Internet cafes, airports, and libraries can be safe if you follow a few simple rules:

 

1. Don’t save your login information

    At login page, please be sure to UNCHECK the option for "Keep me signed in"

    or "Keep me logged in".

    Always log out of websites by clicking on “Log out” on the site. It’s not good

    enough to simply close the browser window or type in another address.

 

2. Don’t enter sensitive information into a public computer

    This will prevent casual hackers from gaining access to your information as they

    might have installed keystroke logger program to record every keystroke you have

    entered.


3. Delete the temporary internet files and history after surfing

    When you finish using the public computer, you can delete the temporary internet

    files.

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4. Watch out for over-the-shoulder snoop

     When you use the public computer, be on the lookout for individuals who look

     over your shoulder or stand particularly close to you as they may take note of

     your sensitive information as you enter them.

System Maintenance

 

No scheduled maintenance for the month of Feb.

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