IT Services news
In response to a newly announced vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser, there is need for heightened security awareness when accessing the web. Read about it on the Microsoft website: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2757760
IT Services is launching a new Channels system to post and distribute News and Events across the McGill Web Management System (WMS). As of 7:00 am on Monday, September 3, the old McGill Channels system will be closed and all existing Channels listings will be migrated into the new system, which will be available in the WMS on Tuesday, September 4. Read the full announcement for details.
You may lose your Internet service Monday unless you do a quick check of your computer for a DNS Changer malware that could have infected your machine more than a year ago. You may not even know that your computer has been infected, although you may be experiencing slower Web surfing and your antivirus software may be disabled.
An email is currently circulating with the Subject: "Verify Your McGill Webmail Immediately" and sent From: "McGill Helpdesk". If you have received this email please DELETE it - do not click on the link. This is a phishing attempt and does not come from McGill IT Services. Our help desk is called the ICS Service Desk.
If you are still connecting to the McGill Wireless Network using the unencrypted SSID (network name): “mcgill.ca” you should instead configure your laptops, smartphones and other devices to connect using the WPA (Wi-Fi protected Access) protocol: “wpa.mcgill.ca”. Find step-by-step instructions at: http://kb.mcgill.ca/it/wireless
An email is circulating with the Subject: "Abuse. Your email is blacklisted" and a link containing malicious files. Please delete this email without clicking any links.
A non-email form of phishing attack is being launched at education institutions. Victims are sent a physical (snail) mail, not email, indicating a possible security issue they should be aware of. Details are supposedly included on an enclosed DVD. If you receive such a DVD, DO NOT insert it into your computer. Report the incident to email@example.com immediately.
As you may have heard in the news, LinkedIn has confirmed that over 6 million user passwords have been compromised and posted online. While it does not appear that associated email addresses were included in the leaked data, there is still a risk if you use the same password across many sites, including the McGill and your home network.
Starting in early June Visual Schedule Builder (VSB), a web-based application, will be available to help you build your personal class schedule. No more struggling to fit the courses you want into a conflict-free schedule.
We'll soon be launching a brand new home page for McGill.ca that should make it easier for you to find what you're looking for - and avoid what you aren't. Find out what's changing (and why it's better).
As of March 1, 2012, McGill students, faculty and staff working at the MUHC will be able to access McGill's network via wireless connectivity. See the full announcement for details.
Smartphones and tablets are almost always "online" making them vulnerable to all sorts of malware and phishing scams. Don’t be the victim of malicious hackers. Learn some simple protection measures for your mobile devices - the focus of the 2012 Information Security campaign.
In line with the recommendations of the Jutras Report, we’re working hard to improve every our emergency communications planning. To help, on Jan. 31 we’ll launch new software called Alertus that allows us to send pop-up announcements to your computer if an urgent situation arises. People using laptops, Macs or non-ICS-supported desktops will need to install this software manually.