October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Computing Services will be sending out security tips during the month of October to celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month! For more information on National Cyber Security Awareness Month, please click the link below.

http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam

***Phishing***

We have seen an increase in phishing attempts recently. Phishing emails, calls, and other scams are designed to trick you into sharing your personal information with a cybercriminal. Cybercriminals will attempt to steal passwords, credit card information, and other personal information.

Phishing emails can sometimes be cleverly crafted to look like they have been sent from Computing Services. Computing Services will never ask for your password via email!

If you receive a phishing email do not click on any links or respond to it, please delete it. You can also forward phishing emails to reportphishing@antiphishing.org if you would like to. When in doubt, please call us!

Here is more information on how to recognize phishing attempts:

http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/phishing-symptoms.aspx

Another example of the severity and seriousness of phishing comes from the recent “ransomware” scam that is detailed on the FBI link below:

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/august/new-internet-scam

If you have any questions about phishing or would like more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, please contact the Computing Services Helpdesk at 719-587-7741 or at computingservices@adams.edu.

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