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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.

Online Passwords

It seems that every week there are stories of people who have had their Twitter or Facebook account hacked.

Bad actors are on the prowl looking for easy targets such as online accounts that can be compromised and accessed for malicious purposes.

What can be done about this?

To start, make sure your online account is secured with a strong password—at least 8 characters that include a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numeric and special characters.

Further, be sure to use a different password for each online account.  This way, if one password is compromised, your other accounts are still protected.

Last, but not least, keep your passwords to yourself.  Treat them like the keys to your home.

   
   
   
   
 
 
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