Fordham Information Technology - Secure IT: Have a Happy Holiday... Securely

Friday, December 12, 2014

Have a Happy Holiday... Securely


Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday from Fordham IT’s University Information Security Office (UISO). 

Follow these tips and protect yourself from spam and phishing!


Email
Before clicking on links or opening attachments in an email, verify the sender. An email from friends or family might contain malicious content, if their account has been hacked. If you don’t think the email sounds like something they would send, they probably didn’t send it.

Credit Cards
Use a credit card for online purchases. Debit and ATM card numbers can be stolen and more easily used without your authorization.

Secure Websites
Always look for https (as opposed to http) on a website’s URL when making a purchase. The “s” indicates the site provides a layer of security for transmitting your personal information over the Internet.

Browsers and Security Software
Keep your browser, browser plug-ins (such as video players), and security software up to date. Use Fordham's free Symantec Antivirus Protection.

Too Good to be True?
Avoid clicking on links on websites, online ads, and emails with offers on popular gifts and gadgets that sound too good to be true. Those links might contain viruses that will instantly download onto your computer. 

Scams
If a free or discounted offer requests a bank account, social security, or credit card number, it’s most likely a scam. 

Get Help If you receive an email request personal information or are concerned about an email, contact IT Customer Care to assess the email's validity. Subscribe to the Fordham SecureIT blog for updated information about phishing and spam, including current known activity at Fordham University.

Contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or HelpIT@fordham.edu. Follow @FordhamIT on Twitter, where we post news and service alerts. If you don't have a Twitter account, use the URL twitter.com/FordhamIT

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