INFORMATION SECURITY - WEB BROWSERS & SECURITY

Make sure that you are using the latest supported version of your web browser. Firefox, Apple, Microsoft and other vendors are quick to fix reported security problems in the current releases of their browsers, but they usually don’t go back and fix earlier versions. If you are using an earlier, unpatched web browser, it may be possible for remote sites to view files or e-mail on your computer, monitor your web browsing activities or make network connections from your machine.

When configuring your browser to use plug-ins and helper applications, make sure any plug-ins and applications you download are from trustworthy sources. Before clicking on a link in a browser window, check at the lower left of the window to make sure the link address shown is the same as the one indicated on the page, or that the destination is what you are expecting. Hackers will sometimes set up sites that “mimic” well-known, popular sites in order to lure visitors into clicking on a link to a site that may surreptitiously download trojans, back doors or other malware. If you encounter a site that appears to be mimicking an OLLU site, contact Information Security at nts@lake.ollusa.edu .
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