Phishing is a type of online identity theft in which an Internet user is tricked into submitting personal information to an illegitimate source. Spam or pop-ups are your most common form of phishing attempts and can be difficult to detect. Once your personal information has been acquired it can be used for all types of identity theft, putting your name and credit at risk.
Here are several tips which will help you guard against phishing attacks:
- Be cautious of emails from unrecognized senders asking for your personal or financial information.
- When conducting online transactions, make sure that the site is secure. Secure sites will display “https” or a “lock” icon on their status bar.
- Beware of:
- Links or businesses asking for your personal or financial information;
- Downloading files;
- Opening attachments in emails;
- Never send any personal or financial information via email, regardless of who the recipient might be. You never know who might gain access to your account or gain access to the recipient’s account.
- Protect your computer with firewalls, spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
- Make sure that you have the most up-to-date software. Always update all your software on a regular basis to ensure that you are blocking new viruses and spyware.
- Check your online accounts and bank statements regularly to ensure that no unauthorized transactions have been made.
Always remember: FIU and the Division of IT will never ask you for any personal or financial information via email. If you receive any email asking for such information or asking you to reset your password, immediately contact the Division of IT Support Center at 305.348.2284.