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.

More Email Security Tips

Here are a few more things to keep in mind concerning email. . .

 > Turn off automatic addressing--this will help prevent sending email to the wrong address
 > Use BCC (blind carbon copy) when sending to multiple recipients--it is a good practice not to share eamil addresses of others with those who do not need to see them
 > Don't send private email from a shared account--other users will have access to your personal matters
> Check the recipient address when replying to messages--it may be that the reply is being directed somewhere unintended

These simple precautions can help you have a safer emailing experience.



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