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Cyber Security Awareness Month: Prevent Phishing Attacks
Author: Office of Information Technology
Posted: October 25, 2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and throughout the month we'll be sharing steps you can take to keep your personal data safe. This week we look at protecting yourself from phishing attacks.

How you can prevent phishing attacks

Every day, hundreds of PSU students, faculty, and staff are targeted by malicious emails that seek to gain access to their accounts. These phishing attempts are often highly sophisticated; without careful attention, even the savviest of users may find themselves tricked by legitimate-looking emails. The following tips will help you stay alert for phishing attacks.

Hover and discover

Before you click on a link in an email, hover your mouse over the text (if you're on a smartphone, press and hold the link). Your browser will reveal the web address of the link (usually at the bottom of the browser window). If you don't recognize the web address, don't click the link!

When in doubt, throw it out

If an email seems suspicious, even if you know the source, it's better to send it to the trash. Check with the originating sender if you need to know whether it was a legitimate communication.

Think before you act

Phishing emails often use alarming language that warns about account shut downs or deletions, to encourage you to act immediately. Think before reacting and ask yourself if taking the requested action makes sense.

Report spam and phishing attempts

If you receive a phishing email in your Gmail inbox, remember that you can report it to Google. You should also forward phishing attempts to abuse@pdx.edu.

Don't advertise your email address

Consider hiding your email address from online profiles and social networking sites or only allowing certain people to view your personal information.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to keep your devices secure, and stay #CyberAware!

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