October is national Cyber-security Awareness Month.
For many of us, the Internet, social media and online business is a way of life. Almost all of our critical and personal information is connected to a computer or a network in some way. As a result, scammers, hackers and thieves are constantly trying to find new ways to gain access to personal details.
One of the most effective methods for cyber-scammers is phishing. Basically, phishing means tricking a user into sharing personal information or login credentials by posing as an official source.
University Information Technology (UIT) is constantly blocking unwanted emails from the U, but they can’t filter everything. They are urging students, faculty and staff to look for the common signs in phishing scams. Things like:
- Unusual email language and poor spelling or grammar
- Sender demands immediate action
- Asking for personal information or passwords
- Hovering over a link shows a different website than the link suggests
- URL doesn’t match the promised content
Cyber-security begins with a simple message everyone using the Internet can adopt — STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take security seriously and understand the dangers that are lurking online. Don’t share your uNID or password with anyone. Remember, if is sounds fishy, it probably is.
For more information on how you can stay safe, visit it.utah.edu/security.