Mercer's IT department provides Security Notices to ensure our faculty, staff, and students are protected from computer security breaches and vulnerabilities. We have also compiled a list of security best practices to help you help yourself. By familiarizing yourself with - and acting on - the information on this page, you will go a long way towards ensuring you don't become a victim of identity theft or suffer a catastrophic loss of data. We urge all Mercer employees and students to follow the security best practices outlined here.
|Internet Explorer Vulnerability||Wednesday, April 30, 2014|
|Heartbleed Vulnerability||Wednesday, April 16, 2014|
This advisory is also being provided as a courtesy for you as your personal computer systems may not have the protections we have in place at Mercer. Follow the steps below to mitigate the risks to your personal computer:
- Keep Windows Updates current.
- Keep Adobe Flash Updates current.
- Run Internet Explorer in “Enhanced Protected Mode” configuration and 64-bit process mode, which is available for IE10 and IE11 in the Internet Options settings:
Micrsoft Security Advisor
CNET has created a website to check the vulnerability status of many popular websites, and if a site you use frequently is not listed on this page, the Qualys SSL Labs website will allow you to check the status of any web address. Although Mercer's systems have not been affected by this vulnerability, we urge all Mercer employees and students to follow these Security Best Practices guidelines.