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Every computer on a network has a unique identifier. Just as you would address a letter to send in the mail, computers use the unique identifier to send data to specific computers on a network. Most networks today, including all computers on the Internet, use the TCP/IP protocol as the standard for how to communicate on the network.

Do you have an "always on" Internet connection? It's easy to think that no one could possibly be interested in your personal computer, but that's simply not the case. Having a fast Internet connection that's "always on" when you want to surf the Web is great for you, but it's also great for hackers from around the world who sweep through thousands of random IP addresses looking for computers that they can exploit. And what they can do is really quite scary.

Your NetID and associated password are the only credentials needed to access most University and campus networking and computing services.  Services such as the my.UIC portal, Blackboard, email, campus computer labs, printers and more.

Passwords are managed centrally via the IAM Password Management service. 

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Password managers can help you remember and secure all of your passwords.

The University of Illinois has provided an easy to use tool that uses a email notifications along with a Web site that allows you to securely send files to that anyone with a University of Illinois Enterprise ID and password. That is everyone at any campus of the University, these days -- faculty and staff must have them for Positive Time Reporting and other administrative tasks and students use them for registration. The tool is called PEAR, Protected E-Mail Attachment Repository Application.

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A firewall is a network protection tool that guards against and reports intrusions on your computer from the outside, or unauthorized communications from the inside which runs whenever your computer is on.

ACCC offers UIC faculty, staff, and students Zone Labs Integrity Desktop personal firewall for Windows. Zone Labs Integrity Desktop is Zone Lab's popular and effective Zone Alarm firewall software with additional privacy and protection features.

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This answer helps walk you through how to use the basics of Zone Labs Integrity Desktop after its has been installed and configured.

zone labs integrity desktop main page

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ACCC scanned all of its internal networks to look for hosts running a vulnerable version of the openSSL software. We identified approximately 25 machines with vulnerable versions of the software and immediately patched the software.

Although patching the systems resolves the immediate vulnerability, we will be updating private keys and installing new certs on all of the affected systems in the next few days.

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As you are most likely aware, Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows XP after the patches released on April 8, 2014 and it is widely anticipated that hackers will begin to target machines running Windows XP soon after.

Network security liaisons have been notified about any devices connected to the network still running Windows XP. To ensure the security of your data and your network, devices running Windows XP need to be remediated immediately.

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