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In an effort to educate our University community, Information Technology Services (ITS) wants to make you aware of the different types of phishing schemes that can adversely affect your electronic devices or potentially expose your personally identifiable information.
Phishing is an attempt by a person posing as a trustworthy entity in electronic communication to acquire information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details and, in some cases, money.
Here are some good tips for how to stay secure when browsing with your computer or other devices:
Recently a faculty member recieved a malicious email that was meant to look like an automated message sent from blackboard:
From: BlackBoard <[email protected]>
Subject: Important Mail
Date: March 1, 2017 at 1:43:51 PM EST
To: Faculty Doe <[email protected]>
Note the generic "Important Email" subject message, attackers will often use fluff words like these to grab a users attention. Also notice the non-ferris/blackboard email. Always double check with ITSC or ITS if you recieve any emails that appear to be suspicious.
If you have any questions or concerns, call the IT Solution Center (ITSC) at (231) 591-4822 or toll free at (877) 779-4822.
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