Web Browser Security Warnings

You may have received an error or warning in your web browser about a site you visit not being secure.  This can happen for many reasons.  Usually, the fault lies with the web server because the server administrator has not been keeping up with the latest security best practices or has made a mistake in implementing a security measure.  Nevertheless, in a surprising number of cases, the cause can be a non-server issue, such as your machine's clock being off by more than several minutes, or from your using a free public WiFi service that has a captive login portal.

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Out-of-Band Flash Security Update

Vulnerable versions of Adobe Flash are being actively exploited. Please patch your copy of Flash as soon as possible.

Title: Adobe Flash Releases Out-of-Band Flash Player Security Update
Description: Adobe has released an out-of-band security update for Flash Player in response to CVE-2017-11292, a zero-day vulnerability under active exploitation. CVE-2017-11292 manifests as a type confusion vulnerability. Reports have indicated that this vulnerability is being leveraged by the Black Oasis APT group. Users are advised to update as soon as possible to reduce the

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Undo your Mistakes!

Sometimes we make mistakes.  Fortunately, sometimes we can undo our mistakes.   Undo is a command or option in many computer or phone programs that undoes the last change made,  reverting the data or program to its state before the change was made.

The opposite of undo is redo. The redo command undoes the last undo. Both undo and redo are available in almost all computer software today.

Below are some ways to undo some of your technology mistakes.

General Undo Functionality

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Upgrade Your Web Sites to SHA-256 SSL Certificates

Web sites still exist that either do not provide for https:// (secure http) traffic, or do, but with older SHA-1 certificates that do not implement the SHA-256 standard.  Here is why, if you own one of these sites, you should upgrade them now ---

The IT industry wants all web site traffic to be encrypted, and is employing different strategies to make that happen.  One is to increase the number of warning messages from web browsers about unencrypted or under-encrypted web pages.  Another is  Google's PageRank algorithm, which currently scores encrypted pages

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Windows Internet Explorer 11 or Later Now Required

Microsoft has ended support for older versions of its popular web browser Internet Explorer (IE) as of Tuesday, January 12, 2016. After that date, Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates, patches, or bug fixes for all versions of Internet Explorer except Internet Explorer 11 and later. After January 12, if you are still running an unsupported version of IE on the campus network, you are putting the University at risk.

In an effort to keep the campus computing environment safe and secure for everyone, all Windows computers should be upgraded to IE 11 as soon as

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