IT Security Alerts and Advisories 

Phishing for Passwords

There have been a number of recent email-based "phishing" attempts in which recipients are requested to provide their login credentials.  While many of these campaigns look obviously suspicious, some have been very carefully crafted so as to appear to be genuine.

Please be advised that IT Services will never request users to divulge their login information via email.  If you are the recipient of such an email request, please ignore it and delete it. 

If you suspect that you may have been a victim of such a phishing attempt, you should change your password immediately.

 For more information on phishing, see the following article entitled Anatomy of a Phishing Attempt.

Beware of QR Codes

You have probably seen them: Those strangely marked squares that keep popping up on TV or in print media.

QR Code graphic

Known as QR (Quick Response) codes, they are the equivalent of bar codes.

QR codes typically contain URL information.  When scanned by a special app on a smartphone or tablet device, the user will be taken to the Website specified in the code.

Cool!  It’s a great marketing tool for legitimate businesses.

There is a caveat, however.  Once the code has been scanned, the app will then automatically launch your device’s browser.  This is not good if the site is bad.

Cyber-criminals know about QR codes, too.  Be sure to check the URL.  If the address or the site looks fishy, it probably is.



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