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#CyberAware Don't get Hooked

Posted 10/12/2017
Submitted by Gregory Freidline
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Get involved in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) this October and promote a safer, more secure internet. Everyone makes a difference when it comes to cybersecurity. Keeping with the theme for week two, Cyber Security in the work place, we are sharing a poster on how to avoid being caught by a phishing attempt.

Something’s phishy if:

  • The email, text, or voicemail is requesting that you update/fill in personal information. Treat any communication asking for your credentials with extra caution.
  • The URL shown on the email and the URL that displays when you hover over the link are different from one another.
  • The “From” address is an imitation of a legitimate address, especially from a business.
  • The formatting and design are different from what you usually receive from an organization. Maybe the logo looks pixelated or the buttons are different colors. Or possibly there are weird paragraph breaks or extra spaces between words. If the email appears sloppy, start making the squinty “this looks suspect” face.
  • The content is badly written. Sure, there are plenty of wannabe writers working for legitimate organizations, but this email might seem particularly amateur. Are there obvious grammar errors? Is there awkward sentence structure, like perhaps it was written by a computer program? Take a closer look.
  • The email contains attachments from unknown sources that you were not expecting. Don’t open them, plain and simple. They might contain malware that could infect your system.

For more information about phishing and protecting yourself and our University, please download the info graphic below.

Remember, you are free and in fact encouraged to share these materials with others, including your family, friends and neighbors.


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