Tag Archives: Virus

Tip #21 So There’s No Fault: Default to No Automatic Downloads

Image: "Beautiful Polaroid Camera Sculpted in Lego," Wired. The original Polaroid Land Camera processed a photograph instantly, producing one paper copy only per image.

Image: “Beautiful Polaroid Camera Sculpted in Lego,” by Arvo. Wired. The original Polaroid Land Camera processed a photograph instantly, producing one paper copy only per image.

That cute picture attached to your email might be a virus in disguise. Many email clients, including Gmail and Outlook, are configured by default to block automatic picture downloads from the Internet. It’s best to keep the default settings because they can help you:

  • Avoid viewing potentially offensive material (when external content is linked to the message).
  • Keep malicious code from damaging the data on your computer.
  • Decide whether a particular image warrants the time and bandwidth required for downloading it, if you are on a low-bandwidth connection.

For more information read Block or unblock automatic picture downloads in email messages.

Tip #17 Free Antivirus Protection from Fordham

Image: Caules son los mejores antivirus para Android? androidzone.org

Image: Caules son los mejores antivirus para Android? androidzone.org

Did you know that Fordham University provides free antivirus protection to all students, faculty and staff? We provide this protection because a protected computer is essential to keeping your personal information safe and, in some cases (especially for faculty and staff), information about other people at Fordham. 

For more information and a download link for free software, see our Antivirus Protection webpage.

Maintain antivirus software on your computer and run regular scans to ensure that your system is safe and sound. This will give you the assurance that all is running smoothly. It will secure your computer against any hidden viruses or phishing hooks lurking in the depths of your computer.

To detect the latest viruses, use the most current version of your antivirus software. Make sure to run a full virus scan of your computer at least once a month. Your software can be configured to run automatic updates and scans that run in the background.

By Nicole Kagan, Fordham IT News Editor

Tip #7 Check before you click!

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 10.37.16 AM

Example of a valid link.

By Meiren Park, IT Communications Intern

You get a lot of links thrown at you everyday, from various sources: email, texts, Twitter, websites and so on. Viruses and malware can enter your computer just by clicking on it. Play it safe by checking the link before you click on it.

You can check a link by hovering over it with your cursor. Look at the bottom left of your screen to see whether the link is legit or not. A legitimate link won’t have a long string of letters and numbers–it’ll just be the same URL as the link you’re about to click on. For example, if the link says “www.google.com,” that same link should appear on the bottom left of your screen. In the example above from the New York Times, the cursor was placed over an image and the image’s link appeared on the lower left.

If you’re not sure whether a link is good or not, call IT Customer Care to report it.

Don’t fall victim to a malicious attack. Be careful before you check out the newest link you find on your feed! Read more about this on our web page, Spam and Phishing.

Image: “New York Film Festival Offers Quiet Treasures and a Little Jazz,” New York Times, October 7, 2015.

Wire Transfer – Malicious Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 12/03/2014

This is Malicious email that has been reported. This message was received on or about December 10th, 2014. Please DO NOT respond to this message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email please contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or via email: helpit@fordham.edu.


  
——————–Begin Message ———————

From: User@domain.com
Date: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 4:46 PM
Subject: Re:Re: Wire Transfer
To:

Hello Sir,

please kindly reconfirm the bank details once again,  as we are about to
initiate the second Wire transfer ,find attached the confirmation of the
first amount wired
.Please reply ASAP

Thanks
Leanne James
P.N.N.S. Palitha
(Accountant)

—————————–End Message ———————–

Outstanding Invoice- Malicious Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 05/29/2014

This is another malicious email that has been reported. This message was received on or about May 29th, 2014. Please DO NOT respond to this message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email please contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or via email: helpit@fordham.edu.



—————–Begin Message—————————

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: User@domain.com

Date: Thu, May 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM
Subject: Outstanding invoice 
To: User@fordham.edu

Dear Name,

Please download on the link below from dropbox copy invoice which is showing as unpaid on our ledger.
(Malicious Dropbox Link)

I would be grateful if you could look into this matter and advise on an expected payment date .

Many thanks 

——————End Message——————————–

Incoming Fax Report – Malicious Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 05/29/2014

This is another malicious email that has been reported. This message was received on or about May 29th, 2014. Please DO NOT respond to this message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email please contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or via email: helpit@fordham.edu.




—————–Begin Message—————————

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Incoming Fax 
Date: Wed, May 28, 2014 at 6:15 AM
Subject: INCOMING FAX REPORT : Remote ID: 795-378-7775
To: User@fordham.edu

*********************************************************
INCOMING FAX REPORT
*********************************************************

Date/Time: Wed, 28 May 2014 09:79:31 GMT
Speed: 4920bps
Connection time: 09:00
Pages: 0
Resolution: Normal
Remote ID: 795-378-7775
Line number: 0
DTMF/DID:
Description: Internal only

To download / view file please click here

*********************************************************

——————End Message——————————–

Corporate eFax message – 2 pages – Malicious Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 8/15/2012

This is another Malicious email that has been reported. This message was received on or about August 15th, 2012. Please DO NOT respond to this message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email please contact the University Help Desk directly at 718 817-3999 or via email: helpdesk@fordham.edu.

From: eFax 
Date: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 9:03 AM
Subject: Corporate eFax message – 2 pages
To: user@fordham.edu

Fax Message [Caller-ID: 213-232-3239]

You have received a 2 pages fax at 2012-08-15 08:03:09 GMT.

* The reference number for this fax is min1_did12-1345023267-7176853217-25.
View this fax using your PDF reader.
Click here to view this message

Please visit www.eFax.com/en/efax/twa/page/help if you have any questions regarding this message or your service.
Thank you for using the eFax service!

Your AT&T bill is ready to be viewed – Phishing Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 8/2/2012

This is another
Phishing email that has been reported. This message was received on or about
August 2nd, 2012. Please DO NOT respond to this message or anything that looks
like it. You may disregard and delete this message. If you have any questions
about the validity of this email please contact the University Help Desk
directly at 718 817-3999 or via email:
helpdesk@fordham.edu.

Intuit Payroll Processing request – Malicious Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 7/16/2012

This is another
Malicious email that has been reported. This message was received on or about
July 16th, 2012. Please DO NOT respond to this message or anything that looks
like it. You may disregard and delete this message. If you have any questions
about the validity of this email please contact the University Help Desk
directly at 718 817-3999 or via email:
helpdesk@fordham.edu.

Subject: Intuit Payroll Processing request.

From: “LinkedIn Communication”

To: user@fordham.edu

Date: 07/16/2012 09:58 AM

You need to get a parcel – Malicious Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 6/4/2012

 This is malicious email that has been reported. This message was received on
June 4th, 2012. Please DO NOT open this message or anything that looks like
it. You may disregard and delete this message. If you have any questions about
the validity of this email please contact the University Help Desk directly at
718 817-3999 or via email: helpdesk@fordham.edu.

From:  “FedEx Service” status.parcel@fedex.com
To:  user@fordham.edu
Date: 06/04/2012 02:04 PM

Subject:  You need to get a parcelNotification,

We couldn’t deliver your parcel at your address.
Reason deny:It’s not right the address of recipient.

LOCATION:Providence
STATUS OF YOUR ITEM: sort order
SERVICE: Expedited Shipping
Parcel number:U103511328NU
FEATURES: Yes

The label of your parcel is enclosed to the letter.
Print your label and show it in the nearest post office of USPS

Attention!
If the parcel isn’t received within 30 working days our company will have the right to claim compensation from you for it’s keeping in the amount of $15.38 for each day of keeping over limited time.

You can find the information about the procedure and conditions of parcels keeping in the nearest office.

Thank you for attention.
FedEx Logistics Services.[attachment “FedEx_Label_ID_Order_83-27-4533US.zip”