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Does Something Seem Phishy to You?

Posted 04/12/2018
Submitted by Greg Freidline
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Phishing is a type of psychological attack used by cyber criminals to trick you into giving up information. Some of you might have noticed a phishy email or two get past the University’s SPAM filter recently. While we are constantly updating our SPAM patterns and filters, from time to time a few might make it through.  We want to encourage all of our students, faculty, and staff to exercise caution with emails asking for your personal information.  Everyone makes a difference when it comes to cybersecurity.

Something’s phishy if:

  • The email is requesting that you update/fill in personal information. Treat any communication asking for your credentials with extra caution.
  • 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. There could be 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.

Should you have questions or suspicions about an email, please contact help desk by email at or by phone at x4357.

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

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


Don't Get Hooked Infographic
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