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Short Takes December 2012 


Winterim D2L Outage

Note that there is a D2L outage scheduled for Winterim due to the need for a replacement of the file servers at UW-Madison.

D2L Outage

Winterim Workshops

Building Information Technology Skills (BITS) will be offering its annual Winterim technology workshops starting January 3. This year, we are offering the usual favorites including the weeklong "Excel Series" and "Preparing Images for Your Website," in addition to introducing new topics, like "How to Do Smart Things with Dumb Phones" and "PowerPoint Design Strategies." Intrigued? Check out the full descriptions and reserve a seat at our online registration site: As always, if you don't see a topic that you're interested in or if none of the times work with your schedule, just email us at to request a customized appointment for your department, 
your office, or just you! We hope to see you soon.

Building Information Technology Skills
Learning & Technology Services
OL 1106 – – 715-836-5157

Phishing and Spam

Individuals attempting phishing attacks are becoming more sophisticated all the time. A recent posting by the Director of Information Technology at Goshen College said they had their first example where the attackers used their logo, very accurate information about their Help Desk, phone number, support portal, etc. He claims they got lucky: the day before the attack, he scolded the campus and told them they were going to conduct their own ‘phishing test’ and expected them to spot it and not give away their credentials.  Most people on campus assumed the phishing attempt was from the IT department!

Other institutions are likely seeing similar increasingly sophisticated attacks, as can be seen in the articles linked below:

...and commercial providers as well:

LTS is not planning any phishing tests. Beware that you don't fall for the real thing!!


In the article below, learn about the security dangers you face when using the Internet, as well as cautionary measures you can take to protect your privacy online.

"October is Cyber Security Month in Wisconsin...and with identity theft on the rise nationwide, there's no time like now to think about your family's safety when using the internet" more from WEAU!