Posts Tagged ‘campus computers’

Can Facebook Threaten your Campus Security?

facebookpasswordIf a friend posts something on your Facebook wall, how likely are you to click the link? Pretty likely, right?  You should realize that there are “bad” links out there.  Sometimes a post on your wall from a friend might actually be a virus, like, say, “Hey, [Insert name]! I got this totally chill deal on an iPad. It was free! Just click this link for the deets!”  If you click on rogue links, they’ll steal your information, and in turn, affect your college campus’s security.

These deceitful Facebook links—posted by hackers who have stolen student login information—have become a primary concern among campus technology leaders, and some colleges and universities are using security programs that isolate student computers before they do damage to the entire campus network.

Much like hackers have used suspicious eMail messages to solicit personal information from web users, spammers are now “clickjacking” Facebook accounts and posting links to friends’ Facebook pages. It appears to Facebook users that a friend has shared something with them—perhaps a contest to win a cruise or an Apple iPad. If they click the link, their information is stolen, and the process begins again…

Hackers “want you to jump off of the Facebook server and jump onto another server, so it can take your [information],” said Frank Andrus, chief technology officer for Bradford Networks.

Facebook apps can be a source of malware on campus networks, but an application launched last fall claims to scan Facebook news feeds for infected links or posts.

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15 Most Wired College and University Campuses

s-MOST-WIRED-CAMPUSES-large300When searching for your perfect college does the question of how much access to computers there is on campus ever cross your mind?  Considering how much student work is done with computers, it might be a good idea to know how readily available computers are on your college campus.

U.S. News writes about the 15 most wired college and university campuses and how many computers there are on campus per college student:

U.S. News surveyed more than 1,700 undergraduate programs last year, and 1,280 schools reported data on both their total student body (combined graduate and undergraduate population) and the number of computers available to students on campus. Of those schools, the average number of computers per student on campus is .14. That means, on average, there are roughly seven students per computer on college campuses nationwide.

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