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Free wi-fi hotspots pose data risk

If you’ve ever wondered why we insist that users must log on to the University wireless network, then this article from the BBC Click news site should help to explain things……. Free wi-fi hotspots pose data risk, Europol warns By … Continue reading

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You cannot con an honest person…or can you?

Some advice from TrendLabs on avoiding Cryptolocker…. An infection with CryptoLocker starts as spam email which carries a Trojan (a downloader).    The spam might promise a ‘free way to unlock software’ its success depends on the social engineering lures used … Continue reading

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Why can’t I have a router in my room?

There are policy restrictions in place to stop people from connecting unapproved devices (e.g. switches, routers, bridges) to the University network.   The reasons are explained below: Wireless connectivity The University wireless network is being extended into Halls, and is … Continue reading

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iOS Hotspot password insecurity

When you enable the Personal Hotspot feature on your iPhone, iOS will generate a password on your behalf. It’s convenient, but it’s not very secure – because the password uses a short English word with a couple of numbers added … Continue reading

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It keeps happening…

A laptop containing the personal information and bank account details of thousands of people and businesses has been stolen from Glasgow City Council.   It was one of two laptops stolen during a break-in at the council offices in Cochrane Street … Continue reading

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Thanks to those wonderful people at Sophos for the Threatsaurus…

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Someone pretending to be you?

Unfortunately email addresses can be spoofed relatively easily and an email can arrive in your inbox –  apparently sent from someone you know – but they then deny ever sending it. In this respect, email is really no different from traditional … Continue reading

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Tailgating (aka piggybacking)

Tailgating (aka piggybacking) describes someone tagging along with another person who is authorized to gain entry into a restricted area, or pass a certain checkpoint.    Where swipe-card or proximity sensor access systems are employed, please be aware that they are … Continue reading

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Crystal Ball?

If you want a peep into the future – read the Horizon Reports from Educause.   Since 2005, the annual Horizon Report has been the product of a collaboration between the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and the New Media Consortium.  It’s a right … Continue reading

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G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

On Saturday 26th Nov 2011, Channel 4 will screen “G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA”. at 21:15 Watch it for free – and there’s no need to illegally download it from BitTorrent

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