Windows 8.1 Support for Faculty/Staff and Apple Vulnerability Discovered

Windows 8.1 Support Now Available for Faculty/Staff

However, be aware of 8.1’s incompatibilities

While Windows 7 is still the official operating system for ECU-purchased PCs, some faculty and staff may require assistance with computer systems running Windows 8.1. ITCS now offers support for Windows 8.1 computers.

However, users need to note that, while Windows 8.1 is certainly compatible with Banner Self-Service accessed through Pirate Port, SAS v. 9.4 and the current version of SPSS, Windows 8.1 is not compatible with Banner INB or the ECU Physicians Electronic Medical Record. There may also be other systems that do not function using the Windows 8.1 operating system. Please call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 to report any problems.

Learn more about the Windows 8.1 operating system at this Microsoft support site: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/meet.

BEWARE! New iOS/Mac Vulnerability

Only download apps from the official app store

Two iOS vulnerabilities have been discovered that affect iOS 7 or higher on iPads, iPhones and Mac computers. These attacks are coming from apps downloaded through unsecured websites.

WireLurker allows hackers to gain access to private data on your device. The hackers may even be able to take control of your iOS device or Mac.

Masque Attack replaces legitimate apps with fakes that look exactly like the originals. Any data entered into the app, like phone numbers, passwords and credit card numbers, are gathered and used by the hacker.

Recommendation: Download all apps from the official Apple App Store only.
To learn more and actually see an attack in action, please visit the Mac Life website: http://www.maclife.com/article/news/dangerous_masque_attack_vulnerability_lets_malware_hide_legit_ios_apps?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10681&utm_term=1803041&utm_content=13974

Have Questions about either of these articles? Contact the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081