Archive for March 2013

Be careful with cyber-cafe computers.

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Cyber-cafe's offer a convenient way to use a networked computer when you're away from home or office. But be careful though. It's impossible for an ordinary user to tell what the state of security on those computers might be. Since anyone can use them for anything, they've probably been exposed to viruses, worms, Trojans, keyloggers, and other nasty malware. Should you use them at all? They're okay for casual web browsing, but they're NOT okay for connecting to your email, which may contain personal information; to any secure system, like the network or server at your office, bank or credit union; or for shopping online.

CI Mobile Forum - notes from proceedings

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On Thursday March 14, 27 students, faculty and staff met for the CI Open Forum on Mobile Strategy, and engaged in lively and thoughtful discussion of the challenges and opportunities CI faces in building a mobile campus and the future of mobile technology at CI.  

As requested by forum participants, we’ll be sharing some narrated videos about mobile terminology, concepts and considerations on this same web site in the near future.

In the meanwhile, if you have any further thoughts, questions or comments about making CI more mobile-friendly, please feel free to contact Peter Mosinskis at

March 2013 - secureCI Monthly Security Newsletter Now Available

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secureCI, CI's monthly information security awareness newsletter is now available for viewing. Please follow this link to view the March issue of secureCI.

Future of Mobile Technology at CI - RSVP Today!

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What does it mean to have a mobile campus, and what will it take for CI to get there? 

The Division of Technology & Communication (T&C) is pleased to invite students, faculty, staff and members of the community to join CI leaders, technology professionals and mobile technology enthusiasts for an interactive discussion on the future of mobile technology at CI.

Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone to the forum; there will be opportunities for live mobile collaboration. Feel free to invite a friend!

Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Broome Library 1360
Who: anyone interested in mobile technology and campus strategy

Please RSVP by Thursday, March 7 using our RSVP form.

Please contact Peter Mosinskis, Director of IT Strategy, at, or call 805-437-8587 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at the event. 

In the meanwhile, feel free to post your thoughts about how mobile technology is shaping the way you learn, work and live at CI. 

Evernote Compromised, But Says No User Data Affected

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For those who use Evernote, the online service that enables users to store and sync all kinds of data across multiple devices, please view this information concerning the recent intrusion that occurred there.

If your browser questions a website's security, stop, think, and verify.

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When visiting "https://" secure sites of banks and online shopping retailers, you may see onscreen warnings such as "There is a problem with the website's security certificate" or "Secure Connection Failed." Don't just click through to continue, or make a "one time" exception. The warning may only indicate that there is a harmless temporary problem with the site or with the network, but it can also mean that the site is bogus or has been compromised by hackers, and someone is listening in on your conversation with your bank or retailer.

Be smart. Contact your bank or retailer by phone and find out if they know about a problem with their website or the network. Don't be the next victim of fraud.