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

Everyone wants to exercise best practices and stay safe while online, though doing so is often easier said than done. For most, convenience outweighs security and as a result, we put ourselves and others at risk for identity theft and other cyber threats. In keeping with the shared responsibility theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we wanted to bring you an opportunity to not only hear about the typical dangers and pitfalls that come with being online, but more importantly, for you to know which ones (as an individual), you are most susceptible to.

One of the National Cyber Security Alliances’ partners (EMC2/RSA) has kindly provided an “Online Identity Risk Calculator” quiz, to help you find out your personal identity risk score and based on that – they will provide practical tips on how you can keep your online identity protected.Just answer 10 questions and discover how your online activities – from banking and shopping to the types of social networking sites you visit – may potentially make you more vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. Click HERE to play! – IDENTITY RISK GAME

Are you unwittingly putting ECU at risk?…Now that we have looked at our personal habits and the potential consequences of such, we wanted to give everyone a chance to take a similar evaluation to determine if and how their behavior differs while at work.

Just answer 12 questions to calculate your workplace security risk score. Discover how behaviors like sharing passwords, or using your work computer to check personal emails or download music could make the university vulnerable to hacking, malware and other attacks. Click HERE to play! – WORKPLACE SECURITY GAME

Did your online risk score(s) surprise you? Did you think that you were being more careful than you really are? Are you practicing safer habits at home than you are at work or vice-versa? – If so, why?

We would love to hear feedback from staff and faculty across campus to help us understand and target the areas of concern. Please post to this blog, our IT Security Tips blog or our ITCS Facebook page with your results and/or comments!

ITCS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ITCSatECU

ECU Technology Digest blog: http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/techdigest