This semester, reports of e-mail phishing on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus have risen dramatically.

Phishing, as defined by Webopedia, is “the act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established, legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.”

Typically, these e-mails will direct users to a false website where they are asked to update personal information such as passwords, credit card, social security and bank account numbers, that the so-called “legitimate” organization claim to already have.

In an effort to combat this growing cyber threat, The Pointer has teamed up with UWSP’s IT department to provide you with these useful tips to ensure that your identity remains well protected during your time here.​

1.) Don’t give out personal information such as a password, credit card number, Social Security Number, birthday, etc. to any request you receive in email without verifying the authenticity of the email.

2.) Don’t click on anything inside an email without verifying the authenticity of the email.

3.) Don’t trust the email simply because you think you recognize the sender.

4.) Report phishing attempts to either the Postmaster, Helpdesk, or Information Security Office.

5.) Always keep your web browsers, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc., up-to-date with the latest security patches.

6.) Consider installing an anti- phishing toolbar to help protect you from known fraudulent websites.

7.) If you feel you have been tricked by a phishing scam, or had your identity stolen, contact either the Postmaster, Helpdesk, or the Information Security Office as soon as possible.

Kyle Florence

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