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There has been a lot of talk recently about using “strong passwords." A strong password includes letters, numbers, capital letters and special characters. Start with a phrase that will be easy to remember. Change a few characters so that there are no “actual” words. For instance, replace an “e” with a “3” and an “o” with a zero (0). Use a different password for every account.
The College has turned on 2FA for Outlook and my.whittier.edu and connected systems. It is also available for students to turn on for Poets Gmail (and any Gmail) accounts. Check into turning on 2FA for personal accounts as well.
The College has used Cisco AnyConnect VPN for years, but is now transitions to Impulse SDP because it offers 2FA.
The College provides Symantec Endpoint Protection for the students, faculty and staff.
Many people don’t change the default password for logging in to their router. Simply changing the initial password is most important. Here is an article that describes how to change that initial password. Note: it will be slightly different for different router brands.
Windows usually lets you know when you need to restart to install updates. You can quickly check to be sure that you are getting updates.
For many people, we have moved data stored on local servers in to OneDrive/SharePoint in the cloud. These files can be accessed from anywhere by logging into your Outlook email through the Web. If IT has not done this yet for you, please email them at email@example.com.
Please only use the specific remote connection programs provided by or specified by the College. Other programs can be backdoors to viruses, spyware and even surveillance. The programs provided by the College to connect to the College are Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client (VPN) and Impulse SDP. To connect to an office computer, we use Remote Desktop Connection, which is built into Windows. On the Mac, we can use screen sharing, which also built-in.
A monthly newsletter with information about phishing emails and is sent out to the campus community from IT. Bottom line: if it looks suspicious, it probably is. Please reach out to ITS if you are unsure