Headline of the Week: Phishing and Norse Key Security
Yesterday, LIS again reminded the campus community about the dangers of sharing account information via email, as well as the fact that LIS staff will never ask for passwords via email at any time. This is a message we regularly try to reinforce with the community and with the increased sophistication of phishing attempts, it gets more difficult to make it clear. Each round there are a few folks who do reply back the phishers with their credentials. The hackers then use the login information to send spam and on occasion to access personal information that they can use elsewhere.
The best rule of thumb to follow is not to send any personal information via email in response to random queries. If you think a request may be legitimate, pick up the telephone and call to confirm. This applies not only to Luther accounts, but personal accounts as well which are also targets of phishers. Building a stronger sense of awareness regarding online security measures is a critical information skill that everyone needs to learn and keep pace with. And in the case of passwords, it actually is remarkably easy to do so — NEVER share your password(s) with anyone. If you don’t share it or write it down, it remains secure.
It’s also a good reminder for LIS staff and those who help users with passwords that we should never ask for passwords at any time and if they are provided to us, they should be changed by the user immediately. Maintaining password security on the LIS side is equally easy … just don’t invite users to share them, and always have the user enter passwords themselves.
Network security practices and policies are critical to LIS and Luther, and we want to encourage ourselves and our users to maintain the best security that we can. Thanks for doing your part.
LIS Blog Highlights from the Week
The following articles are sampled from those available on the LIS Blog:
- Phishing Email
- User Services Meeting
- Olin RTR Upgrade to Vista / Office 2007
- DSL Network outage in College Apartments and Prarie Houses
- Mediacom is having routing issues that are causing us Internet slowness.
- CLIO Notes on America: History & Life, and Historical Abstracts
- Campus Manager Upgrade 11-26-08
- LIS Website Updates — 11-26-2008
- Library professional staff meeting 11-24-08
- Fall 2008 Course Evaluations Active for Students December 1-12
- LIS Hires Workstation Support Specialist
- Library professional staff meeting 12-01-08
- Admissions is accepting new student enrollment deposits online
- Mail delivery problem with accounts that have not yet Converted to Norse Mail
- 2008-09 Course Catalog Online
- Gallery Podcast on iTunes U
- User Services Meeting
- Mail delivery problem with accounts that have not yet Converted to Norse Mail is now fixed
- Books for Africa
- Academia.edu — Facebook for Higher Education?
- Excerpts of the Faculty/Staff Directory added to Directory Page
- IKON Implementation Information Online
Notes from LIS Council
LIS Council discussed planning and agenda items for the LIS General meeting, upcoming changes to campus event scheduling policies, the process map for new community members in LIS, and the overall structure of LIS as currently defined on our website.
As a member of NITLE (National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education), Luther has the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of developmental and training programs intended for faculty, librarians, and information technologists. Events listed at the link below are currently open for registration by Luther participants. LIS Staff who are interested in participating in an event should speak with Christopher Barth. Faculty who are interested in participating should speak with Lori Stanley. Participation is contingent upon available funding and program acceptance.
Events with Upcoming Registration Deadlines:
- Technologies for Teaching Writing. Deadline past: limited seats may be available. Program Date: December 10, 2008. Knox College, Galesburg, IL. 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/875.
- How Instructional Technologists Support Faculty Designing Online Collaborative Work. An instance of the “Special Topics for Instructional Technologists” series. Deadline past: limited seats may be available. Program Date & Time: December 5, 2008, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/848.
- Teaching with Virtual Worlds. An instance of the “Special Topics in Digital Teaching” series. Deadline past: limited seats may be available. Program Date & Time: December 10, 2008, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/854.
- Encouraging Student Scholarship: Learning to Write in the Digital Age. Deadline past: limited seats may be available. Program Dates: January 16 – 18, 2009 (6:00 PM, Friday – 12:00 PM, Sunday, Eastern). Wheaton College, Norton, MA. 7 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/823.
- Developing, Managing, and Supporting GIS: Spatial Technologies in the Liberal Arts. Formerly titled: The Elephant in Adolescence: Managing & Supporting GIS. An instance of the “Special Topics in Spatial Analysis and Mapping” series. Deadline past: limited seats may be available. Program Date & Time: December 16, 2008, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/838.
- Web 2.0 Storytelling. Registration deadline: December 12, 2008. Program Date: January 13, 2009. St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY. 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/905.
- Social Software for Education: Collaborative Learning and Research Practices. Registration deadline: December 12, 2008. Program Date: January 14, 2009. Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/906.
- Teaching Science in the Digital Age. Registration deadline: December 12, 2008. Program Date: January 16, 2009. Stonehill College, Easton, MA. 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/902.
- Emerging Technologies and the Liberal Arts Campus. Registration deadline: December 12, 2008. Program Date: January 16, 2009. Colby College, Waterville, ME. 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/908.
- Creating the Virtual Liberal Arts Campus in Second Life. An instance of the “Special Topics for Instructional Technologists” series. Registration deadline: December 19, 2008. Program Date & Time: January 9, 2009, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/849.
Next Week in LIS
- December 16 (Tuesday) Norse Mail (Skills Training) – 6:00p
- More information on upcoming training opportunities
Notable Internet Resource of the Week: Notify.me
If there are some information sources that you absolutely must monitor in real time, notify.me allows you to take any number of online sources (RSS feeds, Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and pipe notifications to you via email, sms text message, or instant messaging. Within any given source you can also filter for specific content to limit the notifications you receive. The interface is very simple and clean, and easy to use.
On the web at http://notify.me/
Around the Web
Here are a few links to interesting developments over the past week:
- Copyright and Intellectual Property
- Judge Accepts University’s Argument That It Cannot Accurately Identify Suspected Music Pirates [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- Blackboard Sues U.S. Patent Office [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- New short film asks, ‘Why Copyright?’ [ars technica]
- Culture, Economy, and Business
- Microsoft Examines Causes of ‘Cyberchondria’ [New York Times]
- Attention Must Be Paid [Inside Higher Ed]
- Digital Sales Surpass CDs at Atlantic [New York Times]
- Facebook Aims to Extend Its Reach Across the Web [New York Times]
- 1 in 5 Young Adults Has Personality Disorder [LiveScience]
- Facebook finally hits the mainstream [CNET News]
- FBI: widespread copper theft puts US infrastructure at risk [ars technica]
- Data Security and Privacy
- Facebook spammer fined almost $1 billion under CAN-SPAM [ars technica]
- Microsoft cleans fake antivirus tool from 994,061 PCs [ars technica]
- You’re Leaving a Digital Trail. What About Privacy? [New York Times]
- As Facebook Connect Expands, OpenID’s Challenges Grow [Wired]
- Facebook Connect goes live to one and all [ars technica]
- Facebook Connect vs. OpenID: Who Will Emerge Victorious? [ReadWriteWeb]
- Google and Search
- Serious Privacy Issues with Google SearchWiki [Unit Structures]
- Google Book Search Settlement and Library Consortia [Disruptive Library Technology Jester]
- Amazon To Shut Down Alexa Web Search Service; Practically No One Affected [TechCrunch]
- Google Buys Digital Historical Newspaper Archives from PaperofRecord.com [Search Engine Watch]
- Google Apps
- Syncing your Google Calendar [Official Gmail Blog]
- Hardware and Technology Tools
- Higher Education
- Chain of Grief for a Flagship University [New York Times]
- Rising Enrollments Buoy Some Colleges, Burden Others [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- EZ Bibliographies [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- Colleges Are Not Going Hungry, but Are in Need [New York Times]
- Education 2.0: Never Memorize Again? [ReadWriteWeb]
- College May Become Unaffordable for Most in U.S. [New York Times]
- What’s a Liberal Arts Education Good For? [Huffington Post]
- Soaring College Costs: Public and Private Perspectives [New York Times]
- Innovation and Design
- Internet and Networking
- Libraries and Librarians
- Moving Towards an Innovative Library [The Medium is the Message]
- Nashville Mayor Wants City Library to Enfold Media Centers [American Libraries]
- New European Digital Library Proves Too Popular [Chronicle of Higher Education]
- Media and Publishing
- Random House to digitize thousands of books [Yahoo! News]
- CNN Pitches a Cheaper Wire Service to Newspapers [New York Times]
- Newspaper Death Spiral Continues; Industry Advertising Contracts $5 Billion So Far This Year [TechCrunch]
- As Print Struggles, Twitter Flourishes [ALA Techsource]
- Software and Operating Systems