Instructional Technology & Research Support

Category Security

Extending Laptop Battery Life

Your laptop’s battery life can be extended if you take precautions to avoid frequent total discharges. One step you can take is to set up alerts so you’ll know to plug in the power adapter when the battery goes down… Continue Reading →

Hacked: What Next?

No matter how many steps you take to protect yourself or your information, there is still a chance you will get hacked. However, the sooner you identify you have been compromised and the faster you respond, the more you can… Continue Reading →

Dangers of P2P File Sharing and Illegal Downloading

What Is P2P? P2P stands for Peer-to-Peer which means the sharing of files between two or more users on the Internet. The concept behind P2P networking is powered by a peer-to-peer application such as Gnutella, KaZaA, Napster, iMesh, LimeWire, Morpheus,… Continue Reading →

Identity Theft

What is identity theft? Identity theft is a crime where a person uses your personal identification information, like your name, Social Security Number, driver’s license number or credit card number, without your permission with an intention to commit fraud. This… Continue Reading →

The ‘Gameover’ ID Theft Malware

What is the Gameover malware? Gameover is an updated Zeus malware attack that goes after bank information.  The attack takes place when malicious users send spam email to infect computers with malware, which is designed to collect bank account information… Continue Reading →

Protect Yourself Against Firesheep Attacks

Firesheep is a Firefox extension that basically allows anyone you are sharing a wireless network with to discover and access certain online sessions that you are logged into. Many sites encrypt information only for your initial log in; once you… Continue Reading →

Protect your Sensitive Data from Phishing Attacks

Did You Know? Loyola University Chicago blocks over one million spam messages per day. What is Phishing? Phishing is an attempt to steal sensitive information, such as your social security number or passwords, by posing as a trusted organization or… Continue Reading →

Password Vaults: Keep your Passwords Safe!

Does this scenario sound familiar? It’s time again for you to change your Loyola password and due to the password complexity requirements, you end up creating a password with a string of numbers and letters that’s impossible to remember.  Each… Continue Reading →

Password Protect Word 2007 Documents

If you have a Microsoft Word 2007 document that you would like to make read-only or if you would like to add password protection, Word offers a few options to secure your file. Here are a few security features offered… Continue Reading →

Patch Tuesday, Software Patches and Updates

In order to keep your computer’s operating system running safely and efficiently, it is important that you regularly install the latest software patches and updates.  In this week’s Tech Tip, the Loyola University Information Security Office provides information and resources… Continue Reading →

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