Your Identity - Don't Get Caught Without it!
by Connie Sadler, Director of IT Security, Computing and Information Services
You can't have an e-mail account today and not be the victim of spam and various attempts at Internet fraud. One of the latest identity theft scams is called "Phishing" (pronounced like fishing).
This scam simply looks like an official e-mail (or pop-up) from a trusted service provider (CITI, E-Bay, your bank, your retailer, a government agency, etc.). It looks official, but is actually an attempt to get you to click on a link that leads you to an official-looking form to provide personal information.
A Welcome from
Vice President of Computing and Information Services
Welcome to Secure IT!, CIS' new online IT Security Newsletter for the Brown Community. Here you will find news, information, and tips for keeping your computers and information safe and secure. We sincerely hope that you'll find Secure IT! to be of interest and hopefully it will stimulate some thought and questions.
We all know that today's network environment is full of wonderful information, and technology enables us to explore things we thought we'd never see, but it also presents risk. We hope that this publication will assist you as you navigate through the wonderful world of the Internet.
Pharming / Phishing – What's a User To Do?
by Susan A. Baumes, Systems Manager, Bio Med Community Health
I’m confused, everyone is talking about phishing and pharming. What does it all mean? Do I need to be worried? How do I protect myself from something I don’t understand?
You are not alone. Many people feel the same way about the terms that technical folks use. I’ll try to shed some light on the actual problem.
What is it?
Pharming (pronounced ‘farming’) and phishing (pronounced ‘fishing’) in a nutshell are two ways that bad people are trying to get your personal information. Your personal information may be your name, address, SSN, mother’s maiden name etc.