What is phishing?
Phishing is an attempt to collect sensitive information, such as your campus username
and password, to use for malicious purposes.
How do I spot a phishing message?
These 10 tips, brought to you by TechRepublic, will help you identify a phishing message:
- The message contains a mismatched URL
- URLs contain a misleading domain name
- The message contains poor spelling and grammar
- The message asks for personal information
- The offer seems too good to be true
- You didn't initiate the action
- You are asked to send money to cover expenses
- The message makes unrealistic threats
- The message appears to be from a government agency
- Something just doesn't look right
For more information, visit the Tech Republic web page, "10 Tips for Spotting a Phishing Email," or contact the Information Security Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I do if I respond to, or click a link in, a phishing message?
You should never reply to any phishing messages, but if you did reply to the message,
please go to http://www.csusm.edu/password and change your password immediately!
***Please note that we will never ask you to email us your password; no legitimate
organization should do that.
In addition, you should forward any suspected phishing messages to email@example.com.