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Spotting Phishes in a Sea of Email
28 January, 2016

With tax season right around the corner, scammers are looking for ways to get ahold of sensitive institutional and personal information to commit tax fraud. Phishing, or scamming users via email by posing as a legitimate entity, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to accomplish this nefarious crime.

Here are a few tips and questions to ask yourself so you don’t get hooked:

  • Are you expecting an email of this nature (e.g., password reset, account expiration, wire transfer, travel confirmation, etc.)?

  • Does the message ask for any personal information? (password, credit cards, Social Security Number, etc.)

  • Hover your mouse over the links in the email. Does the hover-text link match what's in the actual text? Do the actual links look like a site with which you would normally do business?

  • Click “Reply.” Does the address in the "To" field match the sender of the message?

  • If the message purports to be from an IU email account or device, check the email headers. All messages originating outside the IU Network will include the text external-relay.iu.edu. The presence of this text most likely indicates the message is not coming from a legitimate IU sender.

If you’re not sure about the legitimacy of an email message, report it withthefull email headersso IU cybersecurity experts can investigate.

Visit the Protect IU site to learn more about phishing and email scams >>

Support for older versions of Internet Explorer has ended
20 January, 2016

As of January 12, Microsoft no longer supports versions of its Internet Explorer web browser prior to the current—and final—version of Internet Explorer 11.

Microsoft released a final security patch for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10, which included an “End of Life” notification for the users of those versions as a reminder that the browser is no longer supported. To avoid potential issues caused by operating an older, unsupported version of Internet Explorer, PC users can upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 by turning on automatic updates, which are activated by selecting “Check for Updates” on the Windows Update portion of the control panel.

Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 users will continue to receive technical support, security updates, and compatibility fixes for Internet Explorer 11, according to Microsoft.

Users who are running older versions of Internet Explorer should immediately upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or learn which web browsers UITS recommends for use with IU services. 

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Adobe Creative Cloud renewal codes available through IUware
20 January, 2016

A year after IU began offering access to Adobe Creative Cloud, early subscribers are beginning to receive notification that their subscriptions are expiring. If that happens to you, don’t panic—it only means that a renewal is required for the suite of creative tools and applications.

Through IUware, students, staff, and faculty subscribers can obtain a new redemption code to continue using Adobe products at no cost. The codes can only be obtained once a subscription has expired, so users must wait at least 365 days since first gaining access before renewal.

As for users who don’t currently subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud, it’s never too late to get a subscription.

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