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Look out for phishing emails!

Phishing is:
Any website, online service, phone call or text message that poses as a company or brand you recognise. Any contact like this is designed to convince you to hand over valuable personal details or your money, or download something that infects your computer.

Here are some tips to spotting a phishing scam:

  • Have you been addressed by name, or does it just show your email address or say 'valued customer', 'friend' or 'colleague'? This can be a sign that the sender does not actually know you, and that it is part of a phishing scam.
  • Phishing messages often contain a link that might look correct, but will take you to a fake web site. Check the URL. Does it seem right?
  • Some phishing attacks provide links to a login page which asks for your username and password. Be extremely wary of any such links. Scammers may attempt to replicate the "look and feel" of legitimate and familiar login pages.
  • Phishing scams often contain threats. They want you to act urgently without thinking. Be suspicious of words like ‘your account will be deactivated unless...’ or 'click here to cancel your payment of $500' or 'you have been a victim of crime, click here immediately'.

Security awareness at Sussex
Sussex is a High value target
Help protect sensitive data
Be aware of phishing emails and calls
Don't leave your computer unlocked
Update your software regularly
Take care with any links you follow
Take steps to secure mobile devices
Use strong passwords for your accounts
Anti virus and anti-malware software
Back up your data

See also

Information security
Policies and guidance on how information is managed at Sussex

Passwords
Our guide to choosing and using passwords

Computing accounts
Frequently asked questions about computing accounts at Sussex

My ITS account
Login to change your password and set email options

Latest threats reported to the IT Service Desk

Updated on 24 May 2018