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Alt-F4, not X!

By Dan Hadaway | Sunday, January 31, 2010 - Leave a Comment

No downloading software!

As we do our work, there are often times when we are tempted to download software. The most obvious example of this is when we initiate a download of software applications made available for free or on a trial basis. INSTALLING SOFTWARE WITHOUT A TECHNICIAN’S HELP IS PROHIBITED.

Often a web site will want to install software on your computer. You can tell this is happening when a “pop-up window” asks you for permission to install what is often called a “plug-in.” When this happens, just hold the Alt key down and then type F-4. That will close the pop-up window without downloading the software. DO NOT CLICK ON THE X BUTTON in the browser window . . . sometimes this will launch the malicious software.

Meanwhile, if you ever need software installed, or if you have any questions about a website that can’t be viewed without special software, please contact the appropriate personnel.  With a technicians help and the appropriate approvals, software CAN be installed successfully onto your workstation.  However, without that process, download ing software can negatively affect the configuration of your workstation or worse, it can be malicious. Malicious software (often called malware, virus, or trojan) can be used by “hackers” to compromise our system’s security.  Way too often banks and other organizations fall victim to “drive-by” attacks where users have said yes to downloading software.

Click here for more information about User Awareness Training.

 

Infotex Team

Intended Use:

The purpose of Vigilize is to respond to ISO’s complaints that users never read ISO’s “ongoing security awareness training reminders.”  Our tweets are designed to be copied into the subject line of your awareness reminder, with the language on these pages put into the body.  The goal is that the user will have to read the subject line to know to delete the message, and if they understand the subject line the reminder is communicated.  If not, they will go into the message and read the reminder.

Feel free to use Vigilize in your own Security Awareness Program.  Let us know if you have any ideas, suggested tweets, or ways to improve this FREE service.

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