Maybe the phishers are working harder because there is money to be made with hacked email and bank accounts. Or maybe there are more Internet Skeptics so the phishers have a lower success rate. Either way, you don't want to be one of their victims.
Internet Skeptic Blog
May 8, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
Do you have internet ports open to hackers? Use ShieldsUP!! to test your office or home computer.
USU has a good culture of Internet Skepticism. This is re-enforced by reports of phish messages received and warnings sent out to other recipients of those phish messages. But no culture is perfect, and we recently had a phish victim whose account was used to send out 40,000 spam messages.
How do you "harden" Google Chrome against the bad guys?
Mar 12, 2013
Phishers want your email password. Here are seven characteristics of a message that is really from USU IT Services
Are you expecting a shipment from a delivery service like FedEx, UPS or DHL? Spammers send out thousands of fake delivery notifications in hopes of sending one to someone waiting for a delivery. When you click on links or attachments in one of those fake messages, all sorts of fearful mischief ...Click here for more
Feb 28, 2013
Email sent by phishers and hackers may contain links that look almost like they go to familiar, expected locations - but not quite. Do you know how to tell an authentic link from a fake?
Feb 23, 2013
USU has begun to contract with external service providers for business and academic services. Those providers send messages to staff or students. Often those messages could easily be duplicated by a hacker for a phishing attack.
Feb 13, 2013
There are many critical updates from Microsoft this month. If your computer isn't configured to get updates automatically, be sure you don't miss this one!
USU has a spam filter that blocks about 90% of the email we receive. Because the filter must be careful to avoid blocking some "real" email, a little bit of the spam still gets through. You can help to improve the filter, though.