Still Running Windows XP?

After April 8, 2014, Microsoft XP users will no longer receive updates to their operating system.  An excellent overview article was posted recently on Microsoft’s Security Blog – The Risk of Running Windows XP After Support Ends April 2014.

What to do if you’re still running XP?  If you’re lucky enough to have a Dreamspark subscription, you can download Windows 7 or 8 for free – check with your college if you are eligible for a Dreamspark account.  If your computer meets the minimum specs for Windows 7, you can get a student copy of Windows 7 from the UTA Bookstore for only $34.00.   Most importantly, don’t wait until April 2014 to upgrade or use this as your excuse to buy a new PC!

Welcome Back, Malware!

It’s a new semester here at UT Arlington, but with the return of students comes an increase of malware on the network.   If you’re connecting any of your devices (phone, tablet, laptop) to the UTA wireless, you should be aware that there are infected computers sharing that space.  Make sure you have an antivirus program installed and up-to-date, even on your phone and tablet (and even if it’s a Mac).  UTA offers some support for the following antivirus programs on personal computers:

Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows)

ClamXav (Mac)

Clam AV (*nix)

If you’re unlucky enough to become infected and bring your device onto the UTA network, there’s a good chance you’ll be getting an email from us to let you know.  Don’t ignore these!  If you don’t respond to a virus notification, your account could be blocked from the wireless network to protect other users.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, drop us a line here or at security@uta.edu.  Have a great semester!

Google Chrome Vulnerability

Google Chrome is a web browser used to access the Internet. Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in Google Chrome that could allow remote code execution, the bypass of security restrictions, or cause denial-of-service conditions. Some of the vulnerabilities can likely be exploited if a user visits, or is redirected to a specially crafted web page. As a practice, avoid visiting websites you are not familiar as malicious websites can be coded to exploit such vulnerabilities. Visit the Google Chrome update website for information on how to fix this vulnerability.

Java Vulnerability

A serious vulnerability has been identified in Oracle Java. If you do not access any UT applications that require Java in order to work, we advise you to disable or remove it from your computer. To test whether you have Java on your computer, click on this link. To learn how to disable Java on your computer, click on this link. To learn how to remove Java from your Windows computer, click on this link. If you access a UT website or application that requires Java, then we strongly advise that you update it. For information how to update Java, click on this link. For more information about this vulnerability, click on this link.