Phishing and other e-mail traps

Always view e-mail suspiciously!

 

E-mail security infrastructure  (On-campus and off-campus)

  • Every day, the WOU anti-virus, anti-spam filter stops 200,000+ e-mails from being delivered  (true for both on-campus and off-campus viewing of e-mail)
  • When the WOU intrusion protection system detects “Ransom-ware”, it sends a note to the border firewall and tells it to no longer allow the “Ransom-ware” intruder onto the campus network, thus protecting your computer.
    • The one case of “Ransom-ware” that was not stopped by the IPS this year, encrypted the users local computer and 70,000 files on his departmental drive.
    • We had snapshots of all the files on the departmental drive and were able to recover the encrypted files.
  • When reading your e-mail outside of WOU, if you were to click on a bad link that connects you to “Ransom-ware”, you are no longer under the protection of the IPS.
    • A member of the local Monmouth community was asked to pay $1,000 to un-encrypt his files after being hit by “Ransom-ware”.
  • Another common scheme is to ask you do perform some task, posing as someone you know and trust.

Recommendations:

  • Don’t click on URLs before you know where they will lead.
    • Shortened URLs can be dangerous  http://goo.gl/fPKDds
      • unshorten.it can be used to expand a shortened URL, also providing the site’s trustworthiness
      • Best practice is to:
        • Hover over the link and verify the link is legitimate OR
        • Type the link in manually
        • Never click on the link, the URL that is displayed, may not be the underlying URL
    • Watch for slight differences in URLs  (ex:  www_wou.edu instead of www.wou.edu
  • UCS will not ask you for your password or SSN in an e-mail
  • When in doubt about the source of an e-mail, full headers will provide you further data in regards to the legitimacy of the e-mail  (partial headers)
    • To display full headers:
      • Google mail: open message, select the icon that provides you with the option to reply-all.  Select “Show original”
      • Thunderbird:  open message, select view, select headers, select all
      • Outlook:  open message, select tags. The Message Options dialog box is displayed. The internet headers are shown in the Internet headers field at the bottom of the dialog box.

Additional references:

Computer, Printer and Software Replacement Cycle

Computer and Printer Replacement by Funding Source

  • General Fund Departments

    • Most of the 2010 computers have been replaced.  Computers purchased in 2011 are currently being replaced.
    • Replacement of 2012 computers will begin in Fall 2016
    • 2012 computers that are out of warranty and are currently failing will be replaced now.
    • Printers:
      • IT makes recommendations based on the age and utilization of the printer.  Typical life-cycle for a laser printer is 5 – 7 years.
      • Replacement is dependent on departmental budget.
  • IFC Funded Departments

    • Computers purchased in 2007 and 2008 are currently being replaced.
    • Some 2009 computers will be replaced before July 1, 2016
  • Student Technology Funded Labs

    • Computers are replaced every 3  to 4 years.
    • Higher level computers, such as those in the MIDI lab, tend to have a longer life.
    • The maintenance contract with the printer vendor provides us with new replacement printers when the current printer is at end of life.

Software Updates

  • Google Apps for Education
    • Licenses for all WOU users
    • Updates by Google on a periodic basis, several times per year
  • Microsoft Office
    • Microsoft Desktop for Education, campus license
      • Latest supported version is loaded before new equipment is delivered to customer
      • Latest supported version is loaded on older equipment, based on user request
      • Lab computers are updated each summer
  • Adobe Creative Cloud package, including Acrobat Pro
    • Licensed to all student lab stations + 134 faculty / staff FTE
      • License covers all student labs, both PCs and Macs
      • Faculty and staff that require this package are included
  • ARC GIS
    • Campus license
      • Students labs are updated annually
  • SPSS
    • Campus license for academic use
      • Labs, faculty and staff are updated on an annual basis
  • Many other software packages
    • It is typical for software packages to be updated each summer