IT News

By Brett Williams

If you have an email account, you’ve almost certainly received attempts to con you into giving up personal information, buying into a scam, or clicking on malicious links or files. These emails can take the form of too-good-to-be-true schemes, crisis alerts, or “phishing” for account/personal details by impersonating a trusted institution.

UW Information Technology blocks an average of two million SPAM and phishing messages per week. Unfortunately, phishing attempts have become increasingly sophisticated. Scammers can create convincing emails that appear to come from trusted sources, including your bank and even universities like UW, and some of these will slip through the systems that are designed to monitor incoming email for potentially unwanted content.

Following the guidelines below will dramatically reduce the risk of falling victim to phishing scams.

 

Click here for a more detailed list of the Do’s and Don’ts on Phishing safety.

Help, I think I've been phished! What do I do?

Check out our comprehensive guide of steps to take if you accidently gave out sensitive data.

 


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