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Taking a Closer Look at Spyware

Microsoft© defines spyware as a general term used to describe software that performs certain behaviors, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent first, such as:

  • Advertising
  • Collecting personal information
  • Changing the configuration of your computer

 Spyware is often associated with software that displays advertisements (called adware) or software that tracks personal or sensitive information.” (Microsoft©)

Spyware and related adware are often downloaded from a web page, by following a link in an email, or are installed with freeware or shareware without a user’s knowledge.

Spyware is used to track your Internet activity, redirect your browser to certain web sites, or monitor the sites that you visit. Spyware may also record your passwords and personal information to send to a malicious web site.

In an article on Venturebeat.com, one-time hacker Gary Pejski describes in detail how he and his team created spyware that could “change the home page of the computer, modify the search provider, initiate pop-up ads, and install new programs.” (Takahashi, 2007)

The spyware created by Pejski and his crew launched a pop-up screen advertising a browser enhancementThe key was to trick users into initiating the installation process for the spyware. “Users saw a page that looked like a pitch for free software. If they clicked on the “X” before they unchecked a question box, the software would install anyway. If they unchecked the question box, and then clicked on the X, the software would install. It was only if the user clicked on the left side of the box and unchecked the question box would it fail to install. Every time the pop-up appeared, it pretty much led to the installation of the software.” (Takahashi, 2007)

Be on the Look-out:

So how can you tell if spyware’s been installed on your computer?  According to ArticleWorld.net, “If you do have spyware on your PC you can usually recognize the signs without the “help” of a rogue anti-spyware program. For instance, too much spyware will bog down your system and cause your computer to run slowly. You will probably be overrun by an excess of pop-ups and fake alert messages. In addition, your homepage and list of favorites might suddenly change and reappear even after restoring the default. Other things to look out for:

  • A new browser toolbar emerges without your consent, which is impossible to remove
  • Every time you conduct an online search the results are redirected to an unfamiliar search engine
  • Unexplained calls to 900 numbers begin appearing on your phone bill
  • Any anti-spyware or security programs you do have installed stop working
  • Your modems send and receive lights blink continually even when you are not doing anything online (Mitrou, 2006)

 Avoid Being Seen:

Now that you know a little more about spyware and how it might affect your computer, here are some things you can do to prevent it from taking control of your machine in the first place:

  • “Read the freeware and shareware license agreement to see if adware or spyware is mentioned before installing the software.
  • Choose to “Close” any pop-up windows by clicking on the “X.”
  • Do not respond to any dialogue boxes that appear unexpectedly; click on “X”. Clicking on “No” or “Cancel” sometimes installs spyware.
  • Beware of visiting web pages which are untrusted.” (State of New Jersey)

 If you feel that spyware may have been installed on your computer, please contact the SJU Technology Service Center (TSC) at x2920  or by email at techhelp@sju.edu.

Remember: The TSC will NEVER ask you for your password or Social Security number.

Sources:

Microsoft. PC Security. Microsoft Safety and Security Center. [Online] http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/spyware-whatis.aspx

Mitrou, Katherina. 2006. How to Spot Spyware Without Your Glasses. ArticleWorld.net. [Online] April 1, 2006. http://www.articleworld.net/articles/6464/1/How-to-spot-Spyware-Without-your-Glasses.

State of New Jersey. New Jersey Info Secure Best Practices. State of New Jersey. [Online] http://www.state.nj.us/njinfosecure/practices/best_practices.html.

Takahashi, Dean. 2007. VB/NEWS. Venturebeat.com. [Online] August 1, 2007. http://venturebeat.com/2010/08/01/reformed-hacker-reveals-my-life-as-a-spyware-developer/

Technology Equipped Classrooms and Labs

LOCATION USAGE CAPACITY & DESCRIPTION RESERVATION PROCEDURES
Barbelin 112g Media Enhanced Classroom 31 seats.  In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, and a Smart Technologies “Sympodium.”  The “Sympodium” can act as an interactive electronic whiteboard and as a device to annotate programs running on the podium computer.  The podium also has a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connections to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, and a digital document camera. Lighting and screen controls are mounted on the wall behind the podium. Through the Registrar’s Office
Barbelin 112c Seminar Room 60″ LCD Monitor, computer, DVD/VHS player, ceiling mounted document camera, laptop and Aux video interface.  Wall mounted control system.
Barbelin 221 Lab/ Classroom 24 Intel-based networked computers running Windows XP.  35 seats. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a push button control system, and connections to network & projection system for a laptop computer.  A VCR, DVD player, and digital document camera are housed in/on an equipment rack next to the podium. Through the Math Department
Barbelin 225 Lab/Classroom 24 Intel-based networked computers, which can be booted from Windows XP or Linux. All computers are linked to the room’s projection system and can be routed to the system or controlled from the instructor’s podium.  The podium houses a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment: a networked Intel-based PC, and a connection for a laptop into the room’s projection system and the network. Mounted in the room’s equipment rack are a VCR, a DVD/Laser Disc player, and a digital document camera is located on top of the rack. An electronic SmartBoard is located behind the podium.  Lighting and screen controls are mounted on the wall next to the podium.  Audio conferencing capable. Networked laser printer. Through the Math Department   
Barbelin 226 Media Enhanced Classroom 35 seats. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, document camera, VCR/DVD, touch screen control system, and connections to network & projection system for a laptop computer.  Audio conferencing capable. Through the Registrar’s Office  
Barbelin 264 Media Enhanced Classroom 48 seats. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a push button control system, and connections to network & projection system for a laptop computer.  A VCR, DVD player is housed in an equipment rack next to the podium. Through the Registrar’s Office   
Barbelin 265 Media Enhanced Classroom 104 seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, document camera, VCR/DVD player. Touch screen control panel to control room equipment. Inputs into room’s projection system for auxiliary video, audio, and laptop signals. Through the Registrar’s Office
Barbelin 303 Media Enhanced Classroom  48 seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, a networked Intel-based PC, a VCR/DVD, a laptop connection to the network and the room’s presentation system. Auxiliary inputs for audio and video. Lighting and screen controls are mounted on the wall behind the podium. Through the Registrar’s Office
Barbelin 306 Media Enhanced Classroom 30 seats.  In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, and a Smart Technologies “Sympodium.”  The “Sympodium” can act as an interactive electronic whiteboard and as a device to annotate programs running on the podium computer.  The podium also has a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connections to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, and a digital document camera. Through the Registrar’s Office
Bellarmine 101 Computer Classroom Use by reservation only.  28 Intel-based computers with Windows XP & Office XP. Networked laser printer.  Instructor’s PC.  Can accommodate 35 students maximum. Smartboard with networked PC and VCR. Through http://helpdesk.sju.edu/mrbs
Bellarmine 115 Media Enhanced Classroom 60 seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connections to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, and a document camera. Lighting and screen controls are mounted on the wall behind the podium. Through the Registrar’s Office  
Bellarmine 202 Media Enhanced Classroom Projection and audio system. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface,, a VCR/Blu-ray DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.  Through the Registrar’s Office    
Bellarmine 203 Media Enhanced Classroom Projection and audio system. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface, a VCR/DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.  Through the Registrar’s Office    
Bellarmine 212 Media Enhanced Classroom 39 Seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, and a digital document camera. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.  Through the Registrar’s Office    
Bellarmine 213 Media Enhanced Classroom 48 Seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, and a digital document camera. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.  Through the Registrar’s Office    
Bellarmine 215 Media Enhanced Classroom 28 seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s station at front with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, auxiliary inputs for audio and video, and a VCR, DVD player   A document camera sits on a cart next to the instructor’s station. Lighting and screen controls are mounted on the wall next to the blackboard. Through the Registrar’s Office   
Bellarmine 216 Media Enhanced Classroom 40 seats.  In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connections to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, and a digital document camera. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium. The room has widescreen projection.  Through the Registrar’s Office    
Bellarmine 217 Media Enhanced Classroom 50 seats.  In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connections to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, and a digital document camera. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium. The room has widescreen projection.  Through the Registrar’s Office    
Bellarmine 301 Media Enhanced Classroom 60 seats. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a push button control system, and connections to network & projection system for a laptop computer.  A VCR, DVD player is housed in an equipment rack next to the podium.  Through the Registrar’s Office
Bellarmine 302 Media Enhanced Classroom Projection and audio system. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface, a VCR/Blu-ray DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.  Through the Registrar’s Office    
Bellarmine 303 Media Enhanced Classroom Projection and audio system. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface, a VCR/Blu-ray DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.  Through the Registrar’s Office    
Bellarmine 329  Lab/Classroom   26 networked Macintosh computers. 26 seats. Instructor’s podium with a networked Macintosh computer, a touch screen control system, and connections to network & projection system for a laptop computer.  A VCR, DVD player, and digital document camera are housed in/on an equipment rack next to the podium.  This room has widescreen projection. Through the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department
Boland Hall – Music Room Media Enhanced Classroom In-room projection and audio system. A touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, professional CD changer. Through Fine Arts    
Claver House Classroom 50” LCD Monitor, computer, and VHS player.
Connelly  Hall120 Classroom Multimedia Cart with Windows based computer, laptop interface, VHS/DVD player, projection and audio system, wireless mouse and keyboard.  Through the Registrar’s office.
Connelly  Hall110, 140, 150 Media Enhanced Classroom Wide screen projection system and room audio system. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface, a DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk.  The room is also equipped with a direct HDMI connection to the projector. Through the Registrar’s Office    
Connelly Hall 220 Science Lab Wide screen projection system and room audio system. Instructor’s lectern with touchscreen control, computer, laptop interface, and DVD player.  There are inputs for a portable document camera on the lectern and on a lab table. All inputs to the projection system can be annotated through the touch sensitive computer monitor.  There are additional presentation systems around the room to support student work at the lab tables.
Connelly Hall 230 Science Lab Wide screen projection system and room audio system. Instructor’s lectern with touchscreen control, computer, laptop interface, and DVD player.  There are inputs for a portable document camera on the lectern and on a lab table. All inputs to the projection system can be annotated through the touch sensitive computer monitor.  There are additional presentation systems around the room to support student work at the lab tables.
Connelly Hall 130 Science Lab Wide screen projection system and room audio system. Instructor’s lectern with touchscreen control, computer, laptop interface, and DVD player.  There are inputs for a portable document camera on the lectern and on a lab table. All inputs to the projection system can be annotated through the touch sensitive computer monitor.  There are additional presentation systems around the room to support student work at the lab tables.
Drexel Library Drexel Web Lab 37 Intel-based computers with Windows XP and Office 2003. Three networked laser printers (2 black & white, 1 color). Not Available for reservation
Post Learning Commons Presentation Capture Room 6 seats.  Instructors’s podium with a Mac Mini, 60″ LCD Monitor, computer, DVD/VHS player, Mediasite Lecture Capture System, laptop and Aux video interface.  Wall mounted control system.
Haub Videoconferencing Room 25 seats. In room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, document camera, VCR and DVD player. Touch screen control panel to control room equipment. Audio and videoconferencing capable. Through ITDL
Mandeville 295 Wall Street Trading Room/Classroom   32 Intel-based computers with Windows XP & MS Office 2003.  Networked laser printer.  2 Bloomberg Professional terminals for access to Bloomberg’s Professional services. Data, Ticker and Picture boards mounted for real-time stock exchange display.  Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC with DVD drive, a document camera, VCR, touch screen control system, and connections to network & projection system for laptop computer. Audio conferencing-capable. Through mv295lab@sju.edu    
Mandeville 103, 107, 111 Fixed Seating Classrooms 75 seats. Each student seat has power and network jack for a laptop computer.  In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, document camera, DVD/VCR, touch panel control system, and connections to network & projection system for laptop computer.  Networked laser printer. Through the Registrar’s Office
Mandeville 128 Teletorium 300 seats. Front area of classroom flexible seating, back area of classroom fixed seating. Power and network connections are available at fixed and flexible seating locations. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, document camera, DVD/VCR, touch screen control panel for control of room equipment, and connections to network & projection system for laptop computer. Audio and videoconferencing capable. Through the Special Events Office
Mandeville 203, 210 Fixed Seating Classrooms 24, 32, 42 seats. Network and power available at each student station for laptop computers. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, touch screen for control of room equipment, and connections to network & projection system for laptop computer. A VCR, DVD player, is housed in an equipment rack next to the podium with a document camera on top of the rack. Through the Registrar’s Office
Mandeville204, 207, 209  Fixed Seating Classrooms 43, 32, 32, seats. Network and power available at each student station for laptop computer in 204 and 209; in 207 network jacks are located on the walls around the classroom. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, document camera, DVD/VCR, touch screen for control of room equipment and connections to network & projection system for laptop computer.  Audio conferencing-capable. Mandeville 207 has flexible seating. Through the Registrar’s Office
Mandeville 310, 313 Fixed Seating Classrooms 36 seats. At each student location there is power and a network connection for a laptop computer.  There is also a jack for the student to send the laptop’s video output to the room’s projection system.  The instructor has a networked Intel-based PC, document camera, DVD/VCR, and touch screen control panel for equipment control available in the front of each room. Each room has cameras and microphones for videoconferencing. The Moot Boardrooms share a control room that contains additional media equipment. Through the Registrar’s Office
Post Hall 101 Seminar Room “Smart Cart” that houses a video projector, VCR, DVD player, Macintosh computer, and speakers. Through Enrico Capitan 28 seats.
Post Hall 202 Media Enhanced Classroom 28 networked Mac laptops. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Macintosh computer.  In addition, there is a document camera, VCR, Laser Disc/DVD player.  A touch screen for control of room equipment is located in the podium. Connections to network & projection system for a laptop computer are also available. Audio conferencing capable. LaserJet Black and White Printer.
Post Hall 203 Media Enhanced Classroom 28 seats. Each seat has power and network jack for a laptop computer.  In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Macintosh computer.  In addition, there is a document camera, VCR, Laser Disc/DVD player.  A touch screen for control of room equipment is located in the podium. Connections to network & projection system for a laptop computer are also available. Audio conferencing capable. This room is also has a lecture capture system installed.  LaserJet Black and White Printer. Through the Registrar’s Office
Post Hall 204 Media Enhanced Classroom 28 seats. Each seat has power and network jack for a laptop computer.  In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Macintosh computer.  In addition, there is a document camera, VCR, Laser Disc/DVD player.  A touch screen for control of room equipment is located in the podium. Connections to network & projection system for a laptop computer are also available. Audio conferencing capable. LaserJet Black and White Printer. Through the Registrar’s Office
Post Hall 302 Teaching Lab 10 iMacs. “Smart Cart” that houses a video projector, VCR, DVD player, Macintosh computer, and speakers.  HP LaserJet 4100N Black and White Printer.
Post Hall 322 Teaching Lab “Smart Cart” that houses a video projector, VCR, DVD player, Macintosh computer, and speakers. HP LaserJet 1300 Black and White Printer.
Music Building (Maguire Campus) Rooms 1 & 2 Music Classroom Stereo system with professional CD changer.
Merion Hall160, 161, 174, 246, 247, 274, 310, 311, 312, 314, 315, 351, 380, 381, 382, 384 Media Enhanced Classrooms Wide screen projection system and room audio system. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface, a VHS/DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk. The room is also equipped with a direct HDMI connection to the projector.
Merion Hall172, 276, 352 Seminar Rooms 60″ LCD Monitor, computer, DVD/VHS player, ceiling mounted document camera, laptop and Aux video interface.  Wall mounted control system.
Merion Hall313 Seminar Room/ Filmlab . 60″ LCD Monitor, computer, DVD/VHS player, ceiling mounted document camera, laptop and Aux video interface.  Wall mounted control system.6 MacPro video production systems
Merion Hall 150 Multimedia Production Classroom Wide screen projection system and room audio system. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface, a VHS/DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk. The room is also equipped with a direct HDMI connection to the projector.  7 student workstations with 42″ LCDs and inputs for 3 laptops per station.
Merion Hall 175 Classroom/Mac Lab Mac lab with 21 computers.  The lab furniture is set up in pods with three computers per pod. Dual wide screen video/data projectors. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a Mac computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface, a VHS/DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk. The room is also equipped with a direct HDMI connection to the projector. The room also has an installed Smartboard with a Mac mini.
Merion Hall 271 Media Enhanced Classroom with Observation Room Wide screen projection system and room audio system. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface, a VHS/DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk. The room is also equipped with a direct HDMI connection to the projector. The room also has an installed Smartboard with a Mac mini.  Room 272 can be observed through a one way mirror from 271.
Merion Hall 272 Seminar Room/Observation Room 60″ LCD Monitor, computer, DVD/VHS player, and ceiling mounted document camera, laptop and Aux video interface.  Wall mounted control system. This room can be observed from 271.
Merion Hall 275 Classroom/ Computer Lab This room has 20 computers in hide-away desks so the room can function either as a standard classroom or computer lab.  Wide screen projection system and room audio system. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface, a VHS/DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk. The room is also equipped with a direct HDMI connection to the projector.
Merion Hall 316 Media Enhanced Classroom/Laptop Lab This room has 48 laptops in hide-away desks.  Dual wide screen projection system and room audio system. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface, a VHS/DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk. The room is also equipped with a direct HDMI connection to the projector.
Merion Hall 383 Media Enhanced Classroom/ Computer Lab Standard computer lab with 44 computers. Dual wide screen projection system and room audio system. Stand or sit instructors’ desk with a computer, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop interface, a VHS/DVD player, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. The document camera is in the ceiling above the desk. The room is also equipped with a direct HDMI connection to the projector.
Science 100A & 100B Media Enhanced Classroom 28 Seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, and a digital document camera. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.  Through the Registrar’s Office    
Science Center 101 Media Enhanced Classroom 25 seats. Projection system with VCR/DVD and a networked Intel-based PC. Through the Registrar’s Office
Science Center 129 Open Lab 50 Intel-based computers with Windows. Networked laser printer. Not available for reservation
Science Center 129a Computer Classroom Use by reservation only. 27 computers with Windows. Networked laser printer. In room projection system with VCR. Through http://helpdesk.sju.edu/mrbs
Science Center 200 Media Enhanced Classroom 102 seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s lectern with a networked Intel-based PC, and a Smart Technologies “Sympodium.”  The “Sympodium” can act as an interactive electronic whiteboard and as a device to annotate programs running on the lectern computer.  Also located in the lectern are: a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment; a laptop connection to network and presentation system; auxiliary inputs for audio and video; a VCR, DVD player; and a digital document camera is located on the lectern. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.  Through the Registrar’s Office
Science Center 207 Biology Lab In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s networked Intel-based PC, DVD/VHS player and laptop connection to network and presentation system. Through the Biology Department
Science Center 208 Biology Lab In-room projection and audio system. Touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment is wall mounted.  Instructor’s networked Intel-based PC with a Smart Technologies “Sympodium.”  The “Sympodium” can act as an interactive electronic whiteboard and as a device to annotate programs running on the podium computer.  DVD/VHS player located in the race, a document camera, and multiple laptop connections to network and presentation system are available on the work desk area. Through the Biology Department
Science 209 Teaching Lab In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s station with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player along with a digital document camera. .  Through Biology
Science Center 210 Biology Lab In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s networked Intel-based PC, DVD/VHS player and laptop connection to network and presentation system. Through the Biology Department
Science Center 212 Biology Lab In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s networked Intel-based PC, touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, DVD/VHS player, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and digital document camera. Through the Biology Department
Science Center 214 Biology Lab In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s networked Intel-based PC, touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, DVD/VHS player, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and digital document camera.  Through the Biology Department
Science Center 300 Media Enhanced Classroom 102 seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s lectern with a networked Intel-based PC, and a Smart Technologies “Sympodium.”  The “Sympodium” can act as an interactive electronic whiteboard and as a device to annotate programs running on the lectern computer.  Also located in the lectern are: a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment; a laptop connection to network and presentation system; auxiliary inputs for audio and video.  A VCR, DVD player is located in the room’s equipment rack.   A document camera is located in the lectern. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.  Through the Registrar’s Office
Science Center 302 Media Enhanced Classroom In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s networked Intel-based PC, touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, DVD/VHS player, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and digital document camera.
Science Center 311 Chemistry Lab In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s networked Intel-based PC, touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, DVD/VHS player, laptop connection to network and presentation system.  The room has widescreen projection.  Through the Chemistry Department
Science 313C Media Enhanced Classroom  20 Seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s station with a networked Intel-based PC, a push button control panel for the room’s equipment, and laptop connection to network and presentation system. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player.  Through Biology
Science Center 314A Media Enhanced Classroom 35 seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, and with a digital document camera. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium. The room has widescreen projection. Through the Registrar’s Office
Science Center 314B Physics Lab In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, and with a digital document camera. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium. The room has widescreen projection.  Through the Physics Department
Science Center 315 B Physics Computer Lab 12 networked Intel-based PCs, in-room projection system.   Through the Physics Department
Science Center 316 Media Enhanced Classroom 50 seats.  In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s station at front with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player.  The digital document camera is mounted in the ceiling above the instructor’s station. Through the Registrar’s Office
Science Center 317 Science Lab In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s area with a networked Intel-based PC, a wall mounted touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player, and with a digital document camera. The room has widescreen projection. Through the Registrar’s Office
Science Center 318 Physics Lab In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s area with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player.  A ceiling mounted digital document camera is located above the instructor’s area. The room has widescreen projection. Through the Registrar’s Office
Science 319 Media Enhanced Classroom 24 Seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s station at front with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, auxiliary inputs for audio and video, and a VCR, DVD player.  The digital document camera is mounted in the ceiling above the instructor’s station.   Through the Registrar’s Office
Science Center 400 Media Enhanced Classroom 102 seats. In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s lectern with a networked Intel-based PC, and a Smart Technologies “Sympodium.”  The “Sympodium” can act as an interactive electronic whiteboard and as a device to annotate programs running on the lectern computer.  Also located in the lectern are: a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment; a laptop connection to network and presentation system; auxiliary inputs for audio and video.  A VCR, DVD player is located in the room’s equipment rack.   A document camera is located in the lectern. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium  Through the Registrar’s Office
Science 407 Teaching Lab  In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player. Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.  Through Physics
Science 409 Teaching Lab  In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player. The document camera is located in the ceiling above the instructors’ station.  Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.
Science 412 Teaching Lab  In-room projection and audio system. Instructor’s podium with a networked Intel-based PC, a touch screen control panel for the room’s equipment, laptop connection to network and presentation system, and auxiliary inputs for audio and video. There is a rack mounted VCR, DVD player. The document camera is located in the ceiling above the instructors’ station.   Lighting and screen controls mounted on wall behind podium.

 

 Wireless network is available in all classrooms.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has, since its inception in 2004, promoted educating the public about cyber security threats, how to recognize and prevent them, and how to remain safe while online.

In a series of articles presented over the next few weeks on the Technology Service Center blog, we’ll address some of the most pressing cyber security issues and how they affect the average online user. These articles will cover such topics as identity theft and how to prevent it, and scams, phishing, hoaxes, and other tricks of the cyber theft trade. You’ll find these, and other pertinent IT Information at:  http://sites.sju.edu/oit/

In addition, we’re also gearing up for a presentation in October entitled Cyber Security: Protecting Your Data – Protecting Yourself. Keep an eye out for these and other upcoming events and announcements.

If you have any questions, please contact  the SJU Technology Service Center at techhelp@sju.edu  or Ben Jezierski, IT Training Coordinator at bjeziers@sju.edu.

Welcome back, Students!

Welcome back to Hawk Hill!

We hope you had a wonderful summer.  While you were hopefully enjoying the weather, we in Information Technology had a very busy and productive few months! Here are just a few of the things you can look forward to now that you are back on campus:

– the opening of our new Technology Service Center (TSC) in Science Center 129

– student email has been transitioned to Gmail

– the new Hawk Card which can be used at ACME, CVS, Dake’s Drugstore, Dana Hot Yoga, Hess Express, Fellini’s Cafe, KFC, Landmark Americana, Larry’s Steaks, and Taco Bell

– improved wireless in Mandeville Hall

– the addition of wireless in the Fieldhouse and the Ramsay Center

– training workshops during Free Period designed specifically for students (topics include: Pivot Tables,  Charts and Graphs, Tables of Contents, and Footnotes and Bibliographies)

More information can be found on each of these topics on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/sjuit) or by liking us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SJUTSC.

Have a great semester!

Gone Phishing

According to the website New Jersey Info Secure, phishing is defined as “… a scam in which an email message directs the email recipient to click on a link that takes them to a web site where they are prompted for personal information such as a pin number, social security number, bank account number or credit card number.” (State of New Jersey, 2008).

Once obtained, this information can be sold to various marketing agencies for profit, or used by cyber criminals to commit identity theft in order to empty bank accounts  or to facilitate fraudulent purchases.

In January of 2010, TechAdvisory.org presented the following figures related to phishing scams and their effects on the Banking industry:

  • Each phishing attack involves a very small percentage of customers (0.000564%), but due to the large number of phishing attacks, the aggregated number is significant
  • 45% of bank customers redirected to a phishing site divulge their personal credentials
  • 0.47% of bank customers fall victim to phishing attacks each year, translating to $2.4M-$9.4M in annual fraud losses per one million clients
  • Each financial institution was targeted, on average, by 16 phishing websites per week, translating to 832 phishing attacks per year per bank brand (Tailwind Interactive,Ltd., 2010)

Don’t Take the Bait

Knowing that devistating financial losses can occur to victims of phishing scams, it’s important to be able to spot these emails before responding to to them.

PhishTank provides the following clues for identifying fraudulant phishing emails (examples are my own):

  • Generic greeting. Phishing emails are usually sent in large batches. To save time, Internet criminals use generic names like “First Generic Bank Customer” so they don’t have to type all recipients’ names out  and send emails one-by-one. If you don’t see your name, be suspicious.

“Hello Dear,

My name is Miss Aminata Bangali, resident in Ghana, Africa: The main reason I have decided to contact you today is i seek your assistance to helping me transfer my INHERITED MONEY DEPOSITED IN A SECURITY AND FINANCE COMPANY in MADRID SPAIN to your country for investment.

  • Forged link. Even if a link has a name you recognize somewhere in it, it doesn’t mean it links to the real organization. Roll your mouse over the link and see if it matches what appears in the email. If there is a discrepency, don’t click on the link. Also, websites where it is safe to enter personal information begin with “https” — the “s” stands for secure. If you don’t see “https” do not proceed.

“In order to verify your correct account information and ensure that your account remains open, please visit: http://www.ebayusergroup/accounts-updatemyinfo.com”

  • Requests personal information. The point of sending phishing email is to trick you into providing your personal information. If you receive an email requesting your personal information, it is probably a phishing attempt.

“And also 10% had been mapped out for you for the expense you will make in this transaciton and 50% is for me. I need your informations so that Iwill send you the application form.

YOUR FULL INFORMATIONS
Your Name………
Your Home Addresses.. ….
City.. ……
Country.. ……
Home Telephone.. …..
Private Telephone.. ……”

  • Sense of urgency. Internet criminals want you to provide your personal information now. They do this by making you think something has happened that requires you to act fast. The faster they get your information, the faster they can move on to another victim. (PhishTank)

“I am asking for your partnership in re-profiling funds ($18.350.000 Million) i am contacting you because you live outside Hong Kong. Finally, note that this must be concluded within two weeks. Kindly write back and i look forward to hear from you so i can give you more information about myself and the nature of the funds.”

As seen in the above examples, misspelled words and incorrect punctuation are also indicators of fraudulant emails.  Phishing scams are bulk e-mails, so their perpetraitors don’t have a lot of time to focus on the details.

Don’t Get Caught

The Federal Trade Commission offers the following tips to avoid becoming the victim of a phishing scam:

  • If you get an email or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply.  And don’t click on the link in the message, either. Legitimate companies don’t ask for this information via email.
  • Area codes can mislead. Some scammers send an email that appears to be from a legitimate business and ask you to call a phone number to update your account or access a “refund.” Because they use Voice Over Internet Protocol technology, the area code you call does not reflect where the scammers really are. If you need to reach an organization you do business      with, call the number on your financial statements or on the back of your credit card. In any case, delete random emails that ask you to confirm or divulge your financial information.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, as well as a firewall, and update them all regularly. Some phishing emails contain software that can harm your computer or track your activities on the Internet without your      knowledge.
  •  Don’t email personal or financial information. Email is not a secure method of transmitting personal      information. If you initiate a transaction and want to provide your personal or financial information through an organization’s website, look for indicators that the site is secure, like a lock icon on the browser’s status bar or a URL for a website that begins “https:” (the “s” stands for “secure”). Unfortunately, no indicator is foolproof; some phishers have      forged security icons.
  • Review credit card and bank account  statements as soon as you receive them to check for unauthorized charges. If your statement is late by more than a couple of  days, call your credit card company or bank to confirm your billing address and account balances.
  • Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you receive, regardless of  who sent them. These files can contain viruses or other software that can weaken your computer’s security.
  • Forward spam that is phishing for information to spam@uce.gov and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the phishing email. Most organizations have information on their websites about where to report problems.
  • If you believe you’ve been scammed, file your complaint at ftc.gov, and then visit the FTC’s Identity Theft website at www.consumer.gov/idtheft. (Federal Trade Commission, 2006)

If you feel that you may have responded to a phishing attempt, If you’re unsure, please contact the SJU Technology Service Center (TSC) at x2920  or by email at techhelp@sju.edu. Remember: The TSC will NEVER ask you for your password or Social Security number.

Sources:

Federal Trade Commission. 2006. FTC Consumer Alert. Federal Trade Commission. [Online] October 2006.

PhishTank. What is phishing? PhishTank. [Online] http://www.phishtank.com/what_is_phishing.php.

State of New Jersey. 2008. State of New Jersey. New Jersey Info Secure. [Online] October 2008. http://www.state.nj.us/njinfosecure/newsletters/approved/200810.html .

Tailwind Interactive,Ltd. 2010. New Study Reveals Extent of Losses Due to Phishing Attacks. TechAdvisory.org. [Online] January 1st, 2010. http://www.techadvisory.org/2010/01/new-study-reveals-extent-of-losses-due-to-phishing-attacks/.

 

 

 

 

 

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has, since its inception in 2004, promoted educating the public about cyber security threats, how to recognize and prevent them, and how to remain safe while online.

According to the July 26, 2011 edition of the eMarketer Blog, an estimated 148 million US consumers purchased something online.  Internet Retailer estimates that retail sales reached $44.1 billion by the end of 2010.  Each of these online transactions required some form of sensitive information like Credit Card numbers, Checking Account numbers, or PayPal Account information.

Looking at the figures, it’s pretty easy to see why cyber security has become an ever-increasing area of concern.

In a series of blogs presented over the next several weeks, I’ll be exploring some of the most pressing cyber security issues and how they affect the average online user.  These blogs will cover such topics as identity theft and how to prevent it, and scams, phishing, hoaxes, and other tricks of the cyber theft trade.

In addition, we’ll be gearing up for a presentation in October entitled Cyber Security:  Protecting Your Data – Protecting Yourself.  Keep an eye out for these and other upcoming events and announcements.

I should also mention that the new IT Training Room is almost finished. I’ve received several e-mails asking about when training classes will resume.  Our plan is to begin offering classes again during the first week of September.  Aside from the standard intro courses, we’ll be offering a complete menu of custom courses, Master Courses offering certificates of completion, and for the first time, we’ll also be featuring a few courses during free period specifically developed for students.

If you have any questions, please contact Ben Jezierski, IT Training Coordinator at Ext. 3386, or by e-mail at bjeziers@sju.edu.

The Help Desk is Moving!

On Wednesday, August 8th, the Information Technology Help Desk will be moving to Science Center 129 into the newly renovated Technology Service Center (TSC).  On Wednesday, during the move, our staff will still have email access and we will continue to have staff at our current location in Barbelin 30.  During the transition to the Technology Service Center, you can reach us the way you normally would at helpdesk@sju.edu or by calling x2920.

On Monday, August 13th, we will officially open the TSC  in Science Center 129.

Our hours until the start of the Fall semester will be:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30-6:30

Friday: 7:30-5:00

We will continue to provide updates about the TSC on our Twitter (https://twitter.com/sjuit) and the TSC blog (http://sites.sju.edu/oit/).  Pictures of the construction progress can be seen by liking us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SJUTSC.

We look forward to your feedback about our new location!

Student Email Transition

We wanted to notify you of some exciting news!  We are in the process of transitioning your SJU email account to a new email system powered by Google.

This new system will provide email to all SJU students, as well as a suite of other Google products that will enable our University to better communicate.  As of today, the target go live date is August 14th, 2012.

What do I need to do?
Nothing for now. Your old email address won’t change, and you will be able to access and import all of your old messages into the new system. Once we turn on your new Google-powered account, you’ll be able to search and access all your mail from any internet-connected computer.

What will I get?

 

  • 25 Gigabytes of email storage. No more worries about having to delete mail.

 

  • Google Calendar to schedule meetings, create events, and share calendars with others.

 

  • Access to your information from anywhere with an internet connection, including your mobile device.

 

We will be in touch again when we get closer to completing the transition to Google Apps on August 14th, 2012.