Don’t Get Caught — How to Avoid Phishing

Phishing schemes are nothing new, but with the start of the semester, we can expect to see a few more than usual floating around your…

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Phishing schemes are nothing new, but with the start of the semester, we can expect to see a few more than usual floating around your UAlberta inboxes. Because nobody wants to be phished, here are a few pointers to keep in mind when reviewing your emails:

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Or a “Mail Suspension mail Team” or any other generic sounding “team” for that matter. When official notices are sent out, they’ll come from IST.

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Should the university ever require institution wide email updates (as was the case during the response to the Heartbleed Bug), the information will be made easily accessible on the ualberta.ca website.

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If you receive an email that has no actual text, just an image of text, trust me, it is not legit.

If you are a current student or a current employee, the university will not consider your account “inactive”

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Because the university needs you to have an email account, it will not threaten to delete your email account because you don’t use it enough. Plus, don’t forget that your email account is attached to your CCID (which you need to access things like BearTracks, etc.).

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Image courtesy of The Daily Californian

If you receive an email asking you or telling you to change your ualberta.ca email address, contact your IST point person or reach out to the Help Desk. They’ll be able to let you know if and where you should actually be changing your password.

For more information about phishing, check out IST’s Back to School IT Reminders.