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What is Phishing?

What is phishing?

Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details often for malicious reasons by disguising as a trustworthy entitiy in an electronic communication. 


How can I protect myself from phishing?

  1. Be skeptical of any email which asks you for private information, including emails that appear to come from your supervisor or professors.

  2. Analyze any message carefully that comes from unfamiliar sources or conversations that you did not initiate.  Telltale signs of phishing include From: and Reply-To: fields to mask the source of the email, salutations using strange language or grammar, unreasonable sense of urgency, unfamiliar financial institution, requires the recipient to click on a link, etc.

  3. Never include your username and password in an email. Under no circumstances should anyone ever ask for passwords via email.

  4. Send the suspicious email to the Help Desk ( to have our team review the email and other markers for evidence of a phishing attack.

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