One of the most prevalent security threats in academia is phishing. Phishing is a form of email fraud that attempts to trick a user into giving out their personal information, such as account credentials, bank account or credit card numbers, and/or personally identifiable information. Phishing messages often try to create a sense of urgency or scare users in order to lure victims into action. GHC will NEVER ask you for account-related information or other personal information by email (nor will any legitimate organization). So, the next time you receive an email supposedly from our help desk informing you that your “webmail quota has been exceeded” or that we are “upgrading our servers and need your password”, do NOT respond to it. You can report suspicious messages to our IT ticketing system (rt[at]highlands.edu) or to abuse[at]highlands.edu
Email Safety Tips:
- Use a strong password for your email accounts and do not share them with anyone. Use a separate password for every account and enable multi-factor authentication whenever possible.
- Keep your devices up to date with the latest software and security fixes.
- Do not use your GHC email address to create accounts on websites or services that are unrelated to your job responsibilities (if you’re an employee) or classes (if you’re a student).
- Be cautious with all email messages; think before you click. Use common sense when communicating with individuals you know and individuals that claim to know you. Do not click on links in messages and never attempt to open unsolicited attachments.
- Don’t reveal too much information about yourself. Depending on the information you reveal, you could become the target of identity or property theft.
- Remember the golden rule of email: When in doubt, throw it out!
Information Security Resources
Cybersecurity Tip Cards
- Identity Theft and Internet Scams
- Cybersecurity While Traveling
- Internet of Things
- Best Practices For Using Public Wi-Fi
- Mobile Security
- 5 Steps To Protecting Your Digital Home
Phishing Quiz – With Google – How good are you at spotting a phishing message? This interactive quiz is a great way to put your skills to the test!
NOVA Labs – Cybersecurity Lab – Take cybersecurity into your own hands with this PBS lab complete with videos and interactive games. Learn how the Internet can be insecure and ways organizations (and individuals) can protect themselves online.
*privacy not included – The Mozilla Foundation’s security guide for Internet-connected devices and gadgets.
Information Security Presentations