The SUU VPN is a Virtual Private Network that encrypts all communication between your computer and the campus network. There are two scenarios for using the SUU VPN when you are away from campus.

  1. A few campus services require the use of the VPN when you are not on-campus. These include Banner INB, Cascade, and Argos. In order to access these services, you must first connect to the VPN.
  2. Connecting to untrusted wi-fi networks like those found in hotels, airports, and some retail chains. The VPN provides a secure, encrypted tunnel between your computer back to campus. This provides protection to you from individuals who may be trying to intercept your wireless traffic.

The VPN is available to any campus employee at no charge. For detailed instructions on installing the client for various devices (including Android and iOS), please see SUU Help. Once you get the AnyConnect VPN client installed, you’ll want to connect to the VPN anytime you’re traveling or trying to access protected services such as INB. Simply launch the AnyConnect client, connect to “lightning.suu.edu”, and enter your credentials. You should see a little locked icon in your system tray. When you want to disconnect, simply right-click on the icon and disconnect, or exit the AnyConnect client.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have concerning the use of the VPN.

93% of Phishing Attacks Now Have Ransomware Payloads

The company PhishMe recently reported that 93% of phishing attacks are ransomware. As a reminder, ransomware is malware that encrypts the data on your computer, and then holds the decryption key for ransom. By paying the ransom, you’ll supposedly be provided the ability to decrypt your files and regain access to your files, but there is no guarantee. The best protection against ransomware is to be careful of links and attachments in e-mails so as to not become infected in the first place, and to make sure you have off-line backups of your data in case you need to restore your files if you have been infected.</p>

Scams to Watch Out For

Here are a few scams that are currently circulating:

Tech Support Scam: I’ve warned previously of the phone scam where you get a call from a “Microsoft Support Technician” claiming that your computer has been infected and he’ll help clean up your computer for a fee. A new variant on this scam is leveraging malware. Once you’re infected with the malware, it displays a lock screen stating that your version of Windows has expired, and that you need to enter a product key. Even if you enter a correct key, it displays a message that you’ve entered an invalid product key and then gives you a phone number to call support. Of course, it’s a scam, and the “technician” will try and get you to pay to have them help unlock your system.

Rio Olympics: There have been a few scams going around concerning the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio. They range from the games being cancelled, to great package deals, to everything in between. Remember to always be skeptical of anything where you’re not absolutely sure of the source.

Walmart Mystery Shopper: This scam tries to trick you into becoming a mystery shopper for Wal-Mart. They send you a legitimate looking check in the mail to be used at Wal-Mart, but first, you have to register as a mystery shopper, where they ask for all sorts of personal information, including your social security number.