Information Technology and Services

Foiling Hackers and Thieves

  • E-mail pitfalls:

Be wary of unsolicited e-mails. Do not open e-mail attachments unless you are expecting an attachment from a friend or colleague. Never click on links embedded in unsolicited e-mails. Beware of scams, hoaxes, and phishing.

  • Spyware:

Spyware is secretly installed on your computer when you Web surf and download free games and other software such as Kazaa, Limewire, and WeatherBug. Spyware can monitor your keystrokes, scan your computer files, eavesdrop on your chat programs, read your cookies, and monitor your Web surfing. Learn counter-espionage measures on the ITS spyware Web page.

  • The high cost of "free" downloads:

It is illegal to download, share, and use materials (music, video, software) on your computer for which you do not have a license or permission of the copyright owner. Many of these "free" files are infected with viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and other "surprises" that could threaten your computer, the SU network and your privacy. More information: ITS Copyright and File Sharing Web page.

Last Updated: 05/20/13