The art of phishing and how to tackle the problem

The above email messages are considered phishing.  The message that appears to be coming from Illinois Institute of Technology has been circulating around my college campus and is specifically targeted at Illinois Institute of Technology students.  At first glance, they may seem harmless, but follow their demands, and you may find yourself in a very bad situation.  Phishing is defined as “the activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information… Continue reading

What the heck is HTTPS?

Have you ever been on a website and noticed that the address bar shows a padlock icon and the URL starts with “https”?  Many people don’t really know what it means.

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The icons above indicate that the connection between your browser and the web server is secured using a protocol called Secure Socket Layer (SSL).  SSL is used on websites such as banks and online stores to prevent identity theft and keep your information safe from hackers.  SSL provides two functions: encryption and identification. Encryption is the… Continue reading

Welcome Back

Mike’s Savemybutt is back!

Effective today, August 1st, the website is officially reopened.

With the help of a few friends, who you will meet later, some changes to the site have been made.

You may notice a few things missing. Over time some, like making an appointment for help, will be brought back.

Until then all kinds of technology stuff will be posted to the blog.

If you have a question you would like answered please use the Contact link in the menu at the top of the site. Some of them will be answered on the blog.

If you… Continue reading