IT Security Alerts and Advisories 

Phishing for Passwords

There have been a number of recent email-based "phishing" attempts in which recipients are requested to provide their login credentials.  While many of these campaigns look obviously suspicious, some have been very carefully crafted so as to appear to be genuine.

Please be advised that IT Services will never request users to divulge their login information via email.  If you are the recipient of such an email request, please ignore it and delete it. 

If you suspect that you may have been a victim of such a phishing attempt, you should change your password immediately.

 For more information on phishing, see the following article entitled Anatomy of a Phishing Attempt.


Shoulder Surfing

Ahh!  Surfing.  Riding the big wave.  Grabbing some big air.  Hanging on for dear life. . .no not that kind of surfing.  This is about another type of surfing.

“Shoulder surfing” happens when someone is looking over your shoulder while you are at your computer.

For obvious reasons, this can become a real security issue when you are entering sensitive or confidential information like passwords and credit card numbers.

Always be aware of your surroundings, and pay extra attention when you have sensitive, confidential information on your screen or your desk.





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