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Upcoming SHA-256 SSL Certificate Requirements

Most web sites, e-mail servers, database servers, and other internet services protect their data with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificates to ensure the confidentiality and authenticity of the site and its data. An SSL certificate is a small data file that associates a cryptographic key to an organization or end user. Any time you use a browser to access a web site with the https:// protocol, the server is using an SSL certificate to authenticate the identity of the server and secure that connection.

One of the recent security shifts in the IT industry is the transition from

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Protect Yourself Against Phishing Attacks

WRT phishing: author: Cam Beasely

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SUBJECT: Don't Get Hooked: Protect Yourself Against Phishing Scams

Colleagues --

The campus has recently experienced a greater number of targeted phishing attacks.  Attackers are constantly working to evade our anti-phishing defenses so that they can trick you into providing them with your sensitive personal information (e.g., passwords, account details). Some are even targeting your research data by encouraging you to run software that provides attackers with a backdoor

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Algorithm for Detecting Phishing Websites

I've been asked to detail an algorithm which will allow you to identify (and hence avoid providing credentials to) phishing websites indicated in email messages.  Sometimes it's not entirely clear if the message you're getting is legitimate or a scam, so it's nice feeling comfortable clicking on a link and determining with certainty that it is.  Note that clicking on the link is generally not that problematic

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