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Phishing is a major IT-security issue

Published: 5 May 2020

Fraudsters have for a long time tried to steal from us private information such as passwords, credit card numbers, codes and login details. It is common for this to take place via e-mail or via web forms on the Internet, so-called phishing or "phishing" in English.

Both the e-mail and the web forms often look authentic, with, for example, the university's logo, targeted information and senders such as Administrator, Helpdesk or well-known companies.

Information that fraudsters obtain is misused in various ways, which can cause a lot of damage both to you as a person and to the university.

Warning signs

  • Questions about personal information - your username, password, codes, credit card number. A real IT department, bank or the like never asks you to fill in a password, account number or the like in e-mails or forms on the web.
  • Announcement of lottery winnings , rewards, very low special prize or other personal benefit for you - Sounds too good to be true, it is very likely a Phishing attempt .
  • Threats with negative consequences . " Your account will be deleted if you do not immediately .. "
  • Links in email, social media or chat . Fishing links often go to completely different places than they seem to do. Be aware of the risks before clicking on a link!

Protect yourself

  • Be aware that phishing attempts often look genuine.
  • Do not reply - Report received email as "Phishing" in the email client (webmail)
  • Do not enter your personal information in web forms opened via email links, social media or chat programs.

What is Phishing

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How to detect phishing in your email

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Information on Identifying Phishing

What is Spear phishing?

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