Gone Phishing … Avoid a Cyber Attack this Summer
Have you ever received an email that asked you to share your passwords or other sensitive information, like your social security number or credit card number? If so, then most likely you were sent what is called a “phishing” email, a type of social engineering technique that many cyber criminals use to trick individuals into sending them sensitive information.
Earlier this month, we saw a phishing campaign that targeted individuals who use Google Docs. This campaign used new techniques that elevated the sophistication, making Google Docs users more susceptible to the trap. While most phishing emails are not as sophisticated, they are equally effective — unless you know what to look for.
For this month’s OIT tip, we’d like to share some resources on how to avoid being caught by a phishing email.
“How to Avoid Phishing Scams,” from the Anti-Phishing Working Group, an international coalition of more than 1,800 institutions joining together to fight phishing and other cyber crimes, provides a list of some basic tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of phishing.
Google supplies two resources to avoid and report phishing emails.
If you ever receive an email in your Valencia inbox that you find suspicious, please contact the OIT Service Desk. Reporting suspicious emails doesn’t just help you avoid being a victim of phishing scams, they help the entire Valencia community.