Sometimes while we are browsing the internet whether it be watching YouTube or perhaps doing research for a school project. At some point, you will come across Scare Ware.
An example of scareware you might see.
Simply put, Scare Ware is an attempt to gain your trust and cause anxiety and make you believe your computer is infected. It will say something like: “Warning your PC is infected! Hard drive is crashing in 10 seconds and will be deleted! call this number!” or something else to cause fear. Don’t panic, don’t click on the prompt or anywhere on the page and don’t call that number. Your computer is perfectly fine.
They want you to call the number and if you click on the prompt it will begin to download a virus or a trojan of some kind and infect your computer. What the guys on the phone will do is run a fake scan on your computer and tell you your computer is “infected” which if you clicked on the prompt it will be at that point but if not you will be fine.
They will “clean” your PC and then charge you a handsome fee for security protection known as “vaporware” which means it’s a fake program that actually does nothing on your PC.
So how do you prevent this mess from happening? When one of this things pops up and hijacks your browsing session, simply close out of your browser completely and when you start it back up, clear your cache in your browser and move on. There is nothing to fear because your PC is not infected if you didn’t click on the “free download” button if there was one or something like it.
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Let’s play a little situation out here today. So you’re getting ready for the day and you decide to check your email. Then you see something that catches your eye. “IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UW STUDENTS!!!” It reads, so you open it because it’s in bold and begging for your attention. It reads something along the lines of your account has a problem with it and you need to sign in to fix the error. There’s a link highlighted in blue, you click on it and it brings you to a sign in page that looks 100% identical to any old UWYO sign in page. But you notice that the URL in the search bar doesn’t look right at all. There’s no .edu in it at all. It looks like a garbled mess of characters and symbols. But you figure this is a special occasion right? So you enter your credentials just like normal but to your surprise, you get a 404 error or something similar to it.
You’ve become a victim of what is called a Phishing email. That basically means that your account credentials have been stolen. Luckily for you, our UWIT Security Team has put some safe guards in place to know when someone is logging in that isn’t you. But that doesn’t guarantee the safety of your account. So if this happens to you and even if you’re not sure if you gave your credentials out or not, Call the Help Desk anyways at 307-766-4357 option 1 and we can help you protect your account and make sure it’s safe!
Pikachu doesn’t like finding malware on his computer…
Malware, it’s all over the internet and has grown rapidly recently. Something that seems so easy to avoid is still finding it’s way on a lot of computers recently. Why is that? Because a lot of installations have become VERY sneak y with the tactics they implore. Also, it depends on what your downloading and from who. This is where you need to use your best judgement and if you get a funny feeling about a site, Don’t risk it.
One method they like to use is while you’re trying to install some innocent program that is legitimately not malware, in the installation screen it will have multiple check boxes that are auto check them. So you click through and before you know it, you have random pop-up boxes on your home screen and your computer begins to move PAINFULLY slow. It’s a very dirty trick, but can be avoided if you simply pay attention to everything in the install process.
But let’s say you do accidentally install some malware. luckily there is a very nice and effective program out there called Malwarebytes. It’s a free program that clears out any and all malware on your system. It may ask you to pay for the premium but I wouldn’t. You can use it unlimited times and all the paid version does is it stays up to date automatically and runs daily scans in the background.
Hopefully this helps everyone out there stay a little safer and avoid traps like these! Have a great day everyone!
Now I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like Nasa’s photos of the day. They’re usually fantastic and astonishigly beautiful. Now wouldn’t it be cool if every day your background changed when they posted their photo of the day to that picture? Well these days you can! I’ll show you how on Android and iOS!
First, for both you’ll want to install an app called IFTTT. Sound familiar? For those of you who read my How to automate your car series will remember this app fondly. Now this is where the two don’t match up. In IFTTT you can save a recipe for android here that automatically sets it. As for iOS you’ll want to go here so it automatically saves it to your camera roll and from there, you will either need to manually set it yourself, or find an app that has access to your photos and settings and can do that for you.
Well there you go! You now can have your phone’s background set to Nasa’s picture of the day everyday no problem!
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One of the cooler services we offer here at the University of Wyoming is 3D Printing. “But how does it all work?” You ask. To put it simply, you plug in a flashdrive that has a .obj, .thing or a .stl and the person who’s running the machine will configure all the proper settings. A more in depth guide to how this all works and how to get it set up can be found here! You can easily request this service online here.
A few things to keep in mind; this is a first come first serve basis! Also it will cost $1.50 per hour.
We hope you enjoy our printing service here at UWIT!
It was a dark and stormy night at 3 in the afternoon. Suddenly you can’t access wyocourses! You’re roommate is asleep and you can’t wake them but you need help because that paper is due tonight! You can log in, but for some reason, whenever you tried getting into a course, it errors out! But it’s not over yet! Over here at the IT Help Desk we have a chat system in which you will get into a que and one of our representatives will take it and will be more than happy to help you through the issue! We can even remote in and see your screen if you want us to! In your search bar in your browser, type support.uwyo.edu to get connected with a representative!
Here at UWIT we are open from 7:30-4:30 for summer and 8-5 during winter. You can chat with us about any tech problems you run into at that time! Keep in mind though, if you need to reset your password you will still have to call us so that we can confirm a few things about your identity. But most things we can help you with no problem! So next time your in a pinch, feel free to get into a chat session with us! We’re more than happy to help!