Information Technology

Don't Fall Prey to Phishing Attempts: January 27 and 28, 2016

Most of the campus has received the following email, purportedly sent from an Amherst account. The message is a phishing attempt and should be ignored.

Dear email user,

Your amherst.edu Email account has exceeded
its limit and needs to be verified, if not verified
within 24 hours, we shall suspend your account.
Click the link below to verify your email account now

Click here to update

Thank you.

Phishing Email Arrived Over the Weekend

Several students, faculty, and staff have received the message below, or a similar message, over the weekend. Please make sure to not visit the link provided in the message and to delete the message, if you receive it. If you visited the link and you signed in using your Amherst College credentials, please reset your password by visiting https://www.amherst.edu/help/passwords

Where to Find Senior Faculty Course Evaluations

Students should log onto their My Amherst pages. There, you will find a widget named Course Evaluations that contains links to the evaluations for your courses that are taught by senior faculty members.

"Emergency Notification" is a Phishing Attack

If you receive an email entitled "Emergency Notification" with a PDF attachment of the same name, simply delete the message. It is a phishing attack. 

 

CRITICAL: Phishing email attempts to steal your Amherst account

November 24, 2015 - 12:15pm
Several campus members have received an email that appears to come from Human Resources. The email informs the recipient of salary changes starting this month, and directs the recipient to a link that supposedly hosts accompanying documents. The site looks like AC Data, and it would be easy to overlook the incorrect web address at the top of the browser. Please do not click on the link provided in the email, and do not provide your Amherst credentials to this site as it is not an Amherst College website.
 

Microsoft Has Fixed the Windows 7 Update that Crashes Outlook

Yesterday, Microsoft released a security update to Windows 7 that had the unfortunate side effect of  crashing Microsoft Outlook. Last night Microsoft reissued the faulty Windows update (KB3097877). Our testing has confirmed that the new update overwrites the faulty one and fixes the Outlook problem.

Whether or not Outlook is crashing on your computer, you should run Windows update manually until you have no further important updates left to install. How to update Windows 7 manually and keep it up to date automatically.

 

Email Attachments not Working with Chrome; Problematic with Safari

Google has recently stopped supporting a particular programming library used by Outlook Web App, the web interface to your Amherst mailbox. As a consequence, you can no longer attach files to email messages using Google's Chrome web browser. The only fix is for Google to reverse their decision and support the library in quesion in a future release of Chrome. This is a real possibility, as Google has already twice dropped support for this library in the past few years, only to change its mind in a subsequent release of Chrome.

Action Required: Update Your Wireless Network Security on October 13

If you use the wireless networks “Amherst_Secure” or “eduroam,” you will need to verify a certificate when you connect to these wireless networks on October 13. You will not be able to connect to these wireless networks until you verify the new certificate, starting on October 13. The current certificate that allows for secure authentication to these wireless networks will expire later this month. When the new certificate is in place on October 13, your computing device (phone, tablet, or laptop) will request verification from you to accept the new certificate.

Lynda.com Changes and Campus Training Opportunities

We review our licenses every year and make adjustments to match the verified use across campus. One of the licenses due for renewal is Lynda.com, which is a service that offers educational video courses in software, creative, and business skills. At this time, we are adjusting the agreement with Lynda.com to align with the usage on our campus. Moving forward, we will provide access to Lynda.com on a per-seat basis.

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