Rise in phishing during closure
Posted by Gary Barton on December 21, 2020

During the holiday's criminals don't take time off. Please be vigilant in regards to your online safety during the holidays as you are away from campus. Current popular scams revolve around pet buying/offerings, COVID-19 vaccines, financial stimulus checks, and messages from the IRS.

Make sure you know how to identify email, phone, and online scams.

Signs of Phishing Emails

If you receive suspicious emails from a known source, think twice before replying. Ask yourself, "Is this normal behavior for communication from the sender?"

See a link? Stop and think!

The Technology Help Desk is closed during the holiday closure, so be sure to explore Help Hub for Security & Privacy self-help.

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IT support during closure
Posted by Gary Barton on December 21, 2020

The Technology Help Desk is closed during the holiday closure, Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. Phone calls placed during this time will be answered by after-hours support.

In the absence of the Technology Help Desk, please explore Help Hub for self-help resources, how-to topics, and answers to most campus technology questions.

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View Outages and Announcements at the Help Desk Blog

Submit a Work Order through the Service Hub

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The WMU Login page will get a visual update Friday morning
Posted by Gary Barton on December 14, 2020

On Dec. 18, from 7-7:30 a.m., the WMU Login will be getting a visual update that will bring the look of the page in line with WMU branding initiatives.

What is changing?

  • WMU logo displayed on the page
  • Fonts
  • Colors

This change is only visual. The WMU Login will continue to work as it has in the past. The WMU Login background images will continue to change seasonally.

Image examples:

  • New WMU branding

  • Previous WMU branding

New phishing attack: Fraudulent emails targeting WMU addresses
Posted by Gary Barton on November 24, 2020

Please be aware that Western Michigan University is currently being targeted by a phishing campaign which may result in you receiving a fraudulent message. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails to make individuals reveal personal information.

These messages may appear to come from a legitimate source and will vary in content (not limited to the following):

  • A request for personal information like a phone number where you could receive a text message or link.
  • The sender's email address looks similar to campus addresses first.last.wmich@gmail.com

These messages are not legitimate. Taking any action on messages of this nature may put your Western Michigan University account, as well as your personal and financial information at risk.

What if I've already given the sender my phone number?
  • Block the sender's number if you receive texts or phone calls
  • Cease communication

Visit https://helphub.wmich.edu/hc/en-us/articles/360047229491 to see recent examples of phishing messages.

Visit https://helphub.wmich.edu/hc/en-us/sections/360009672651 to learn more about phishing.

macOS Minitab Express users should be cautious of updates
Posted by Gary Barton on November 2, 2020

Users of Minitab Express should not update to macOS 11 once it is made available. Minitab Express is currently not compatible with macOS 11. The release date for macOS 11 has not yet been announced.

Minitab Express is a statistical software used in some programs at WMU. Please, direct questions to the Help Desk at (269) 387-4357.