Category Archives: Security Awareness

Security Holes in iOS 9 Patched with Update

Apple just released the iOS 9.3.3 update, the final version for iOS 9 before the new iOS 10 this fall. For this reason, Apple allowed for extra testing time taking over two months with five separate betas to ensure the … Continue reading

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Web links rewritten by new anti-spam feature

On Tuesday, July 2, SMU implemented a new feature as part of our anti-spam defense to rewrites web links considered questionable, included in inbound emails. The purpose of the rewrite is to prevent phishing and malware scams by forwarding certain web … Continue reading

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End of support for QuickTime for Windows

Recently it was announced that Apple will no longer offer patches and will end support for QuickTime for Windows, their multimedia software package for the Microsoft OS. This move came about shortly after several vulnerabilities were detected in the software. … Continue reading

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Phishing Alert: Help Desk Server Maintenance

Another phishing email just hit a number of SMU email addresses.  The message asks you to sign in to the Help Desk server for maintenance. It is sent from an address that is listed as the “Mailbox Helpdesk”. This is not … Continue reading

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Phishing Alert: Dear Mailbox User

We have received several reports of another round of phishing emails today.  These appeared to come from an SMU email address and indicated that you should “reset your password immediately to prevent your account from being disabled.”  The links in … Continue reading

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Phishing Alert: Prince Last Words On Video

Yesterday, news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his home in Minneapolis at age 57. He was found unresponsive in an elevator and was declared dead shortly after. Internet criminals are going to exploit this celebrity death … Continue reading

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Duo Two-Factor Authentication Live Thursday April 21.

At 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 21, 2016, OIT will implement two-factor authentication for all SMU employees to certain online services, starting with my.SMU. This rollout includes student workers. The two-factor authentication utilizes a solution from Duo Security called Duo … Continue reading

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Phishing Alert: Please protect your account information

There was another round of phishing emails today targeting SMU employees. These appeared to come from HR/Payroll pertaining to salary increases. The links in the email directed to an external login page that captured SMU credentials once entered. Please be … Continue reading

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Duo Two-Factor Authentication Live Thursday April 7.

At 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 7, 2016, OIT will implement two-factor authentication for SMU staff to certain online services, starting with my.SMU. On April 21st, the two-factor authentication requirement will be expanded to all SMU employees. The two-factor authentication … Continue reading

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Setting Up Duo Two-Factor Authentication at SMU

The following steps are our recommendation for the initial setup of Duo’s Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) at SMU. Install the Duo Mobile app on a smartphone or tablet. Enroll your mobile device with Duo. Activate Duo Mobile for your Device. Add a … Continue reading

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