October 21st, 2016

From Special Collections: William Morris and His Kelmscott Press

One of the central problems of modernity is an increasing isolation from the past. Due to technological, economic, and social upheaval, many of our connections to history become lost or tenuous. It is important, then, to try to cultivate a connection with the past and preserve not only the ideas and temperament of historical eras, but also the ways that people lived and understand how things were done. A prolific 19th century writer, designer, and artist, William Morris was uniquely attuned to the advancement of the civilized world and the impact that it had on art, design, and, especially, the […]

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October 21st, 2016

Your Home Security Toolkit

How can the average individual keep their own personal computers safe from harm? There are a handful of tools we recommend, for novices as well as experts. Here are a few favorites listed in order by your level of paranoia: OpenDNS (www.opendns.com) – DNS (Domain Name Service) is how your computer changes a web address such as my.bucknell.edu to something a computer can handle (an IP address). OpenDNS helps to identify bad addresses and prevents you from going there. OpenDNS offers several setups for personal use (including free) depending on your needs. Anti-virus / Anti-malware – These are single or […]

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October 20th, 2016

Physical Security: Lock Your Devices!

One of the biggest challenges to information security which is preventing physical access to our devices that store information.   All of your devices (laptops, phones, tablets), should always be secured and never left unattended. Likewise, leaving these devices in your car invites not only the threat of theft, but also your car being broken into, which can be a costly expense in addition to the loss of the device. Physical security also includes locking devices when you step away, even for a few minutes. Your computer has a wealth of information that would be easy for anyone with physical access […]

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October 19th, 2016

Library and IT Staff: Our Greatest Security Asset!

In many of these posts, we have talked a lot about what you should be doing to help protect our data. But, what does L&IT do to protect our data? Just like any institution, people from all corners of the organization are one of our strongest assets in identifying issues and potential threats. We also maintain relationships with many of our sister schools in the area and across the nation, as we all see the same threats on a regular basis. On the technology side, we depend on numerous security devices and systems to help identify vulnerabilities to the organization, […]

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October 18th, 2016

Passwords: The Keys to YOUR Kingdom!

Your password serves as your personal entry key to a computer system, and it should always be kept private. While it may be important to share your Netflix password with your significant other to maintain household harmony, some passwords, including your Bucknell University password, should never be shared with ANYONE. Many individuals can likely guess what your user ID is on most systems, as we do tend to use the same e-mail address or user ID for many of our systems.  However, you should never reuse your password on multiple systems.  If one system is compromised, your password for all […]

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October 17th, 2016

Beware of Ransomware!

Ransomware is a relatively new threat to computer systems that when activated encrypts your data on your local computer rendering your documents, photos, and other data unreadable unless you pay a “ransom” to the perpetrators. Some versions of ransomware even have the ability to infect other computers via a network connection, posing a threat to not only your work or personal data, but your associates and the university as a whole. While the university continues to improve our security to address new threats, our best weapon in the fight against malware (including ransomware) is you! Fortunately, best practices in Information […]

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October 16th, 2016

What’s a phishing email?

A phishing email tries to get you to put in your username and password. But why does a hacker want to see your email? In many cases, it’s not your email they want – it’s your credentials. It’s your username and password, which they can then use to access your account info, or send thousands of spam messages around the world, or infiltrate other parts of the organization. Bucknell will never ask you for your username or password. There will never be a legitimate request, even if it appears to come from the tech desk, or the help desk, or […]

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October 14th, 2016

From the University Archives: Bucknell Student Publications

The Bertrand Library’s Special Collections/University Archives fall exhibit Bucknell features a multitude of student publications that have appeared over the Bucknell University’s 170-year history. The sheer diversity of student publications produced by Bucknell students is staggering; each period in the University’s history has its own distinct types of publications, each with a unique history, temperament, and audience in mind. Early student publications tended to be very academic or have specific uses in relation to students. The first was the College Herald which was a literary magazine published between 1870 and 1880 by the Euepia and Theta Alpha Literary Societies—focusing on […]

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October 14th, 2016

Better Security Through Phrases

Using complex passwords is the best possible security for preventing your password from being randomly cracked through a brute force attack.  A password such as ‘Tr0ub4dor!’ Is a fairly secure password as it contains letters (both upper and lowercase) as well as numbers and symbols. While this is a well constructed password which would be difficult to hack, many users typically utilize a fairly simple pattern of changes (rotating through passwords, changing a few characters), rendering passwords less than optimally secure. Recent studies of brute force password attacks have demonstrated that the use of a passphrase consisting of 4 random […]

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October 13th, 2016

Enrolling in Password Reset

Can you reset your password if you’ve forgotten it? Yes, if you’ve enrolled in Password Reset and updated your security questions. When you got your account, you got an email that provided you the answers to 3 security questions, including a random word. Naturally, you’ve forgotten the random word, unless you have changed your security questions. Take a minute, go to https://pr.bucknell.edu, click on the Enroll link, put in your username and password, and set up your security questions. Taking a minute now could save you in the future! Questions? Stop by the Tech Desk on the first floor of […]

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