Category Archives: Summer 2011 Edition

IT Profile: Scott Martin & the ITSC

Scott MartinIn this edition, we spotlight Scott Martin, who has been the ITSC manager at CIS since the summer of 2010.  He recently celebrated his 15 year anniversary at Brown, working previously as the Technology Manager at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform for a dozen years.  Before that he’d worked at the Computer Store and CIS’s Service & Repair.
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Mac Malware, HomeRun & Other Phish Tales

Little round green creature representing a virusThis past spring Brown computing users fell prey to some nasty malware and phishing schemes, like so many others did unfortunately.

The Help Desk and ISG continue to receive a steady stream of spam and phishing alerts, which is both bad and good.  While this shows that phishing continues to be an unrelenting threat, it also indicates that users are becoming more aware of their presence and avoiding them.
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Understanding Anti-Virus Software

Hand holding a hypodermic needleAny computer can be infected by malware. Malware is a catch-all term for malicious programs, such as viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware, which are designed to infect and take control of your computer. Once your computer has been infected, bad guys can capture all your keystrokes, steal your documents, and use your computer to attack other computers.
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Protecting Your Kids Online

Parents with young child, mom holding a laptopWe all want the best for our children, including the ability to leverage the latest in technology.  In today’s world, children need to understand technology not only to be competitive in their education and careers but also in many cases to develop and maintain active social lives.  However, with these capabilities come risks – risks that our children are often not aware of or prepared to deal with.  As parents, it is our responsibility to ensure our children understand these risks and how to protect themselves.  In this newsletter, we explain the top three threats to your children and how you can help them stay safe online.
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