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Phishing for details

18 Jun 2015

Stay safe from the latest virus and phishing attacks

Phishing

As with any email system, hoax messages occasionally manage to get past our junk mail filters. These messages often contain malicious attachments or website links. If these attachments or links are opened, they may pose a risk to your computer or the University network, spreading infections and in some cases hacking accounts and systems.

If your computer becomes infected, this could have implications to:

  • Private University information
  • The safety of your IT account or computer
  • Your own personal information, including login details for your bank, social media or shopping sites.

Always be vigilant of:

  • Any emails from people or organisations that do not appear to be completely genuine, or contain attachments that you do not trust or know the origin of. Delete any suspcious emails.
  • Any websites that you are visiting, especially via links from elsewhere. Be sure that you trust the site you will be taken to. You can check a link by hovering over it – the resulting URL should be displayed for you either directly on screen as a ‘hover tip’, or in the bottom left corner of your web browser.

If you see or receive links to any suspicious sites/attachments, please do not visit or open them. You should check that your anti-virus is up to date in the first instance and if you have any concerns, or have opened what you believe to be a malicious attachment or website, you must telephone the IT Support Centre immediately.

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