Email Security / Phishing
July 17, 2019
Here are a few tips to be aware of when checking your email to prevent becoming a victim of phishing attempts. You can report phishing attempts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Be careful when clicking on links in email. One quick way to protect yourself is to place your cursor over a link in an email and look at the URL before clicking on the link. If it looks suspicious, your best bet is to delete the email.
- Pay attention to the email address. Hackers will often try to fool you by spoofing (forging) a legitimate address. For example, if you receive an email from your bank asking you to “click here” to access your account, a better option is to go to the website on your own and log in. You should see a padlock or “https” in the address bar.
- You should also pay attention to typos and poor grammar – highly reputable organizations should be able to catch these mistakes before emailing customers.
- If the greeting is generic, this can be an indicator that the sender does not know basic information you would expect your bank/friends/etc. to know. However, a personalized greeting with the other warning signs should not be ignored!
- In addition, if you suspect a phishing attack was sent to your OSU email account please use the report phishing button located on the top ribbon of outlook.