As we start the Winter-Spring term here at the Institute for
Advanced Study, we are reminded of the risks of scams and phishing
as they arrive on campus. This morning, an email with the
Remembering all your passwords is difficult. We've been
recommending since 2013 that folks use a password manager to
securely create and store your passwords so that you don't have to
remember them. The natural fear has always been...
There is a nefarious practice of stealing people's phone numbers
to intercept their phone calls and text messages, and it is fairly
easy to do if you know what you are doing. The attack involves
calling the wireless carrier and convincing them to...
An upcoming change will modify the look of our Duo Multi-Factor
Authentication login prompt. This change will enhance the security
of the system, and will be rolled out to our web applications over
the next few months. Although there is no major...
The New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration
Cell (NJCCIC) sent out a notice reporting several incidents
regarding fake text messages impersonating the New Jersey Motor
Vehicle Commission. This scam is being used to collect your
The short answer is, I'm using the COVID Alert NJ 
app on my smartphone. I find it to be a safe, secure, and private
way for me to participate in helping to stop the spread of
COVID-19. That being said, I didn't trust the app blindly. I
In the upcoming months IAS will be making a change to the login
process for our web based applications by adding support for Duo
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). This is the same technology that
we currently use for our remote access system...
Now that we've moved our meetings to being online, there are
some safety concerns that we need to keep in mind that we never had
to think too hard about before. We are seeing news articles about
"Zoom-bombing", where uninvited guests join public...
The story starts with an innocent email from a supervisor,
colleague, or friend asking for your help. They tell you a tale
about how they need some gift cards for gifts to family, friends,
potential donors, etc...