Information Technology A to Z Index

Safe Computing Support

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Workaround

Issue: On January 27, 2018 the Malwarewarebytes company released a bad update for their software we have loaded on EKU employee machines--Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.  This bad update caused massive resource usage of PCs and a loss of internet connectivity.  Every connection that gets blocked (not everyone was affected but many were), it will look like this:

MBAM workaround

Workplace Security

Workstations in the workplace are sometimes easy targets for criminal activity.  Whenever a laptop or mobile device is lost or stolen, the data on that device has also been stolen and if proprietary EKU data is lost or compromised, the resulting damage can be much greater than the cost of replacing the equipment.  Some tips:

Technology Travel Tips

When traveling, electronics security is very important. Some tips:

Mobile Device Security Tips

Like most people, you've probably accumulated a lot of personal information on your mobile device.  The valuable data makes these devices a target for thieves and cybercriminals.  These tips are especially important if university data is on the mobile device:

Use a Secure Internet Connection

Use secure networks, such as your cellular carrier network, EKU_SECURE, or a wire connection.

On Campus

Use a wired connection when practical.  Wired connections to the internet from on-campus computers, including lab computers, use the university's secure network.  These are always recommended on-campus for Blackboard (e.g., taking tests and quizzes) and confidential university work (e.g., financial information).

Password Security Checklist

Change Your Password if it is at Risk

If your password is at risk, you may need to change it more often.  Ask yourself the questions below to see if you need to change your password now.  Balance your answers with the need to have a password that you can remember without having to write it down.  If you have a strong, secure password that is easy for you to remember and you can use it with care, you may not need to change it as often as someone whose password is more vulnerable. 

Compromised Accounts

A compromised EKU account is one accessed by a person not authorized to use the account.  Criminals and hackers target EKU users to gain:

Phishing and Suspicious Email

Criminals use malicious email and websites to try to trick you into revealing your password or other sensitive information or to infect your computer with malware.  Phishing emails often use urgent language, asks for personal information, and has grammatical, typographical, or other obvious errors. 

Learn to Spot Phishes

Quick Tip: Check Links Before Clicking

Check the full URL to see if it goes where you expect.

Copyright Compliance

EKU encourages all students, faculty, and staff to engage in safe and legally compliant sharing of copyrighted materials. Downloading or sharing copyrighted materials (such as music and videos) can be illegal if done without the permission of the copyright owner whether you profit from it or not.

About the Law

If you are infringing copyright, even unwittingly, you can be subject to civil damages of between $750 and $150,000 per work infringed and even criminal fines of up to $250,000 and jail time.