IT Director for the Purdue University College of Education

IT Director for the Purdue University College of Education

Guide to Facebook Security

A free 14-page Facebook security guide, co-authored by Purdue Information Assurance research engineer Keith Watson, offers tips to help users avoid cyber risks posed by the social networking service:

Security Research Engineer’s Guide Urges Facebook Users to be Cautious

Direct PDF download:

Guide to Facebook Security

More social media tips from Purdue:

Follow these tips to keep your Facebook account secure…

Be safe out there!

–Education IT

⇒ Beware of email scams!!!

Dear College of Eduaction,

Email scammers are targeting Purdue again at the beginning of the semester!  If you receive an email message such as the one below asking you to provide account information or log into questionable web sites, please DO NOT click links or respond.  Simply delete the email.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Education IT team.  Thank you and happy computing!!!  🙂

–Education IT,

—–Original Message—–
From: aaaa @
Sent: 8/15/11 4:25 AM
Subject: Virus Detected

Virus Detected

A virus has been detected in your mail account and in other for
you not to loose your account, you are to click on the link below.
Failure to do this will loose his/her mail account.

http ://


— or —

—–Original Message—–
From: Dinh Sy Hien [mailto:a @ b . c]
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 5:45 AM



http : //


— or —

—–Original Message—–
From: Microsoft Exchange []
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 4:53 PM
To: ———-
Subject: OWA: Your [] is on Restriction.

Purdue University
We detected irregular action on your e-mail system on August 22, 2011.

As the Primary owner, you must verify your account activity before you
can continue using your account, and upon verification, we will remove any
restrictions placed on your account.

click on the link below:

You can also forward your mail from any other e-mail accounts such as
Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. to your Webmail account so that your contacts won’t
have to memorize a new e-mail address and you can access all of your mail
in one place.  You can find forwarding instructions for your other e-mail
accounts in their online documentation.

Webmail service has reserved a system maintenance window of Saturdays from 4:00 a.m.
to 8:00 a.m. that will be used only if Webmail service needs to perform any work that
will take the system off-line. Otherwise, the e-mail system will
be available around the clock.
Thank You,
Microsoft Exchange

How To Use The LCD Projectors In BRNG Conference Rooms

Dear College of Education,

Ceiling mounted projectors have been installed in BRNG 4180, BRNG 5180 and BRNG 6115.  The three projectors are now fully operational.  We have placed a laminated instruction sheet in each room to assist those who need help getting started with the projectors.  Here is a link to the PDF version of the instruction sheet:

Also, the “snake” that contains all the wiring includes the following connectors:   

  • 15-pin VGA video connector
  • Ethernet network
  • Grounded power
  • 1/8” audio plug (plays through the projector)

If anyone has questions about or problems with the projectors, please have them contact the Education IT team. 

Onward and upward!

–Education IT (

EndNote Web – Cite While You Write

The Purdue Libraries has a license for “EndNote Web – Cite While You Write” which is an online bibliographic database that interfaces with Microsoft Word via a downloadable plug-in. 

For more information see:

Video overview:

Libraries web site:

–Education IT

Graduate Activity Reporting Tool

Dear Graduate Students,

The College of Education Graduate Studies Office is currently collecting research information from graduate students via the Graduate Activity Reporting Tool:

Graduate Activity Reporting Tool  

You’ll need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser to use the system.  

When you save an item in GART you should be able to see the item right away in a list just below the form to add the item.  If you scroll down, you should see the list of all the items you have saved.  If your item does not seem to be saving correctly, there could be a couple of things happening:

1. The system may not allow an item to be saved if some fields are not completed, or if some fields have an invalid value.  For example, if text is entered where a dollar amount is expected; or if a date field has the default “MM/DD/YYYY” text in it.  If this is the case, red text should appear next to the field indicating invalid field data when the “Save Record” button is clicked.

2. If the vertical resolution of your browser or computer/laptop is small you may not see the list of items at the bottom.  If you scroll down, they should be there.  The items in the list are sorted by date. 

If you have any problems with the system, please contact us at

Thank you!

–Education IT

Secure Destruction of Electronic Media

Did you know that Electronic media with University data on it must be physically destroyed? This means that not only must the data be destroyed beyond any ability to recover that data, but the physical media device (such as a jump drive, CD or DVD, or tape, etc.) must also be destroyed. Electronic media that has had University data on it may not be sold or given to anyone outside of the University.  For more info see:

Beware of Seasonal Scams and Malware

Dear College of Education,

As millions of shoppers begin looking for great deals this holiday season, the Education IT team wants to remind everyone to be on the lookout for scams, phishing schemes, and malware.  Below are a couple of articles that touch on the subject.   Be alert and have a restful and enjoyable holiday season!

–Education IT

Cyber Monday: Beware the malware

Scammers are ready for unsuspecting online shoppers to be hunting for holiday bargains that hit on what has become known as Cyber Monday (given that more than 40 percent of you will be buying holiday gifts online, according to this survey). There will no doubt be malware hiding on retail sites, fake sites created just for distributing viruses and Trojans, and e-mails with malware-laden attachments and links leading to nastiness…


Holiday Season Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

added to on November 18, 2010 at 02:17 pm

In the past, US-CERT has received reports of an increased number of phishing scams and malware campaigns that take advantage of the winter holiday and holiday shopping season. US-CERT reminds users to remain cautious when receiving unsolicited email messages that could be part of a potential phishing scam or malware campaign.

These phishing scams and malware campaigns may include but are not limited to the following:

  • electronic greeting cards that may contain malware
  • requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams and may originate from illegitimate sources claiming to be charities
  • screensavers or other forms of media that may contain malware
  • credit card applications that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts
  • online shopping advertisements that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts from bogus retailers

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to use caution when encountering these types of email messages and take the following preventative measures to protect themselves from phishing scams and malware campaigns: