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Malware, Virus, Worm, Trojan Horse Information:


This area will provide links to current alerts and trends of the security of the Internet:

Suggested Malware Protection

The North Dakota University System has an agreement with Microsoft that allows for Microsoft Forefront to be installed on all campus owned PC's. Students and employees also have the option to install Microsoft Security Essentials on their personal PC's. Visit this link for more information on:

  • Microsoft Forefront (PC)
  • Microsoft Security Essentials (PC)
  • ClamXav (Mac)
  • Clam av (Linux)

Keep your antivirus software current. 

Contact the IT Help Desk at 231-8685 (Option 1) if you have questions about viruses or downloading the anti-virus software.

Avoid Spam, Spim, and Spyware


  • Spam - Unsolicited messages that appears in your inbox (this could also be in your text messaging inbox as well) from companies or organizations, trying to sell you something
  • Phishing - Spam asking you for account credentials either directly or by having you visit a specially crafted webpage that looks like a legitimate banking, or online business webpage asking for usernames, passwords, or other identifiable information
  • Spim - Spam through instant messaging applications like Facebook Chat
  • Spyware - Malicious software installed on your computer often without your knowledge, usually there to collect information about you.  Sometimes shows up as Anti-virus or Anti-malware applications that need you to enter a credit card to "activate."  Often this will be installed in the form of a popup that will offer you an "OK" or "Cancel" button, pressing either of these buttons will result in the spyware installing on your computer.

Tips to Avoid Spam:

  • Do not reply to or click the "Unsubscribe" link, this will let the spammers know they have a live address
  • Disable the preview pane in your e-mail client if you have that option
  • Use multiple e-mail addresses, one for family and friends, one for business, one for everything else.  Using multiple addresses allows you to create a SPAM Only email account.  When you need to fill out a form on a web page you can use the SPAM Only account and if that e-mail address gets spamed its just that account
  • Don't post your e-mail address in its normal form on a publicly accessible Web page
  • Keep your operating system and your anti virus software current and up to date with patches
  • Be careful of downloading pictures and other things your IM friends may send you. Check with them first to make sure they have sent you something

Spyware, what is it:

  • Used mostly to gather information and steal credentials or credit card numbers
  • Often downloads and installs without your knowledge
  • Most often disables your legitimate anti-malware software
  • Can control browser's home page, ability to block pop-up ads, and often will redirect you to malicious Web sites
  • Can slow computer's performance and cause system and software crashes

How do I avoid it:

  • Download and install software from trusted sources
  • Adjust your browsers security settings to avoid automatic downloads and installs
  • Keep your software up to date.  Spyware can enter the computer through old and vulnerable third party applications such as document readers or web acceleration technologies
  • Do not click on pop up or pop under ads
  • When a popup or popunder occurs, click the close button in the upper right or left of the application, DO NOT trust the buttons in the application window.
  • Avoid using file sharing applications

If you feel you have been the victim of a Spim/Spam/Spyware attack please contact the IT Help Desk at 701-231-8685 Option 1 for assistance

NDSU IT Security Updates

Aug 4, 2015

Free Windows 10 Upgrade, yes indeed Windows 10 is a free upgrade for a year for computers with Windows 7 and 8 installed on them. However, Microsoft will not tell you about this in an e-mail.  Ransomware (software that will encrypt your files and then ask for money for the decryption key) has been seen being delivered through an e-mail promising a free windows 10 upgrade.  Delete these messages as you get them and do not open any attachment that you did not expect to receive.


Jul 28, 2015

1.4 million cars recalled for vulnerable remote control. Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles can possibly be controlled remotely over the Sprint network. Researchers have shown that while sitting at their desks they can take over many functions of a vehicle on the road through the onboard Infotainment system tied to the Sprint cellular network.

Feb 17, 2015

Over-sharing on a first date could lead to no second date, but over-sharing on a social media site could lead to data theft, real property theft, or physical danger to yourself or your family. There are lots of automated scripts already running on the Internet looking for keywords that are posted to social media,  these scripts do everything from changing the word "meet" to "meat" and posting the results to twitter, to alerting potential thieves that a family is now on vacation and away from their house. Be safe on social media

Feb 6, 2015

New Slim Spray Diet ... Want a Cruise ... Fight Hair Loss Now ... SPAM SPAM SPAM ... It seems to get into every e-mail inbox beofre the account is even setup.  But there are some ways to fight this menace.

  • Don't reply to it
  • Don't tell vendors your e-mail account
  • If your service has the option, report it or mark it as spam

There are more ways to fight in the link below.

FEB 4, 2015

Its Tax Refund Season, Time for a new phone or tablet. But what about the old one? Do you have information on that device that could be used against you?  How can you make sure that your old phones and devices don't come back to haunt you when you are done with it?  Many people buy old equipment off ebay just to see what kind of data is left on those devices.  Follow this guide to make sure that your device is wiped clean before you dispose of it.

FEB 3, 2015

When you download an app on social media or your mobile device, you may be allowing it to collect personal information like your contacts list or location. If possible, look at an app’s permissions before downloading and make sure you are comfortable with the information it collects. If the app does not tell you what information it collects, error on the side of caution and assume that it may be collecting information.


FEB 2, 2015

There is a security and privacy threat almost everywhere you go.  Most don't even think about it.  Free WIFI, if its free how can that be bad? In fact most Free WIFI could be quite safe, but a few access points could have an active sniffer on the line watching every single nibble of data that goes across its interface, looking for passwords, usernames, or e-mail addresses.  Click Below for more information on safely using WIFI when traveling.

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IT Help Desk Phone: +1 (701) 231-8685
Administrative Calls Only: +1 (701) 231-7961 / Fax: (701) 231-8541
Campus address: Quentin Burdick Building 206
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2012