Don’t Take the Bait
NAU employees and students continue to be a favorite phishing
target for cybercriminals, especially at the start of the semester and during
tax time. It is important for all of us
to avoid taking the bait. Cybercriminals
often send emails to NAU employees and students that mimic NAU emails, in an
effort to obtain your credentials. Once
they have your credentials they can log into Louie, change your bank account
information and redirect your paycheck.
One of the best things you can do if you recognize
that you have gotten a phishing email is to help protect others by reporting it
at: https://nau.edu/its/learn/EmailPhishing/. This provides the information to ITS so that
they can investigate the email.
If you think you have accidentally clicked on a bogus
link and given away your credentials it is important that you contact the ITS
solution center at 523-1511. They can
help you with questions, help you change your password (https://middleware.nau.edu/passwordchange/)
and review your account with you for fraudulent activity.
Some things everyone should be aware of:
- E-mail attachments: A
cybercriminal's #1 choice for spreading malicious software. Do not open
- Hover to discover: Mouse
over links in e-mail to reveal their true URL. Avoid getting phished—no hook
- Trust your instincts:
Does that e-mail feel off? It probably is. Contact the sender to confirm it's
- Is it urgent? Slow down.
Cybercriminals want you to do what you're told, when you're told. Think before
- Manage your social media
carefully: Posting personal info online creates bait for scams and phishing.
- Remember: Phishing is
social engineering and it's not just for e-mail! You can get phished by phone
or text message.