Cyber Security Final Tip – Know Who Your Friends Are

As October comes to a close, so does Cyber Security Awareness Month.  However, the battle to remain safe online continues throughout the year.

As a general rule, be suspicious of emails you receive asking you for ANY type of information.  It might appear to be something good (i.e., “YOU’VE WON!”) or something bad (i.e., “Your account is about to expire…”).  However, if the message asks you for your username, password, credit card number, etc., it is most likely a hoax.

NEVER include your username and password in an email to anyone.  EVER.  No legitimate source would ever ask you to send that information in an email or enter it into some random on-line form.

Don’t click on links in suspicious emails either.  You wouldn’t eat unwrapped food handed to you on the street by a stranger, would you?

If the message source and the link appear to be legitimate, make sure when you visit the site you check the web address.  You may think you are visiting one place, but end up in another.

Any site that requests personal information (banking, insurance, Bmail, etc.) should be “secured.”  This is easy to tell, as the address should have an “https:” prefix preceding he address.

In summary, always be suspicious of emails that appear–well–“suspicious.”  Don’t fall victim to phishing attempts.  Always be on guard and protect your personal information.

Tech Support is happy to help you sort these things out.  Feel free to contact us at techdesk@bucknell.edu or by calling 7-7777.

Be safe out there.  😉

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