Protect yourself from phishing

Phishing is an attempt to obtain sensitive information such as passwords and credit card details via email by disguising as a trustworthy entity. To avoid a phishing attempt or report a phishing email, please see Mark as phishing in Gmail.

Steps to protect yourself

  1. Do not respond to any requests for your password.
  2. Be skeptical of any email which asks you for private information, including emails that appear to come from your supervisor or professors.
  3. 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.
  4. Never include your password in an email. Under no circumstances should anyone ever ask for passwords via email.
  5. Send the suspicious email to the IT Help Desk to have our team review the email and other markers for evidence of a phishing attack.

Email from UIndyIT will always be signed by an employee and will never ask for your password.