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Protecting Your Work and Online Accounts From Phishing Attempts.
Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure unsuspecting public.
There are many key factors and good practices to keep in mind to help protect your online and work accounts from any phishing attempt. Here are 8 of the most important:
8. Email is the easiest way for the bad guys to gain your trust. They will use company logos, and dialogues that can mimic legitimate requests from institutions that you do business with, and work for. Be wary of ANY email requesting your personal information. ITS technicians and administrators will NEVER ask you for your password. If in doubt, do not click on any links or download any file that you are not 100% sure is from a trusted source. Always check the validity of the sender’s email address. (example: An email claiming to be UNTHSC ITS will have “@unthsc.edu” or “@unt.edu” in the email address)
7. False web pages can work hand in hand with malicious email. There are often links in emails leading to webpages that request your personal information. It is imperative to make sure these are trusted web pages before visiting or inputting your personal information. Always look at the web address to check its validity. (Example: www.google2.com , The” 2” is a giveaway that this is not the legitimate site www.google.com )If in doubt, close the email and go directly to the source that the email is claiming to be from.
6. File attachments may accompany a phishing email. Typically, the malicious sender is trying to trick you into opening the attached file. In most cases, a virus or malware then infects your PC. Be very careful with ANY attached files in ANY email. Just like false web pages, these attachments may resemble a file from an organization that looks legitimate, and innocent. When in doubt, check to make sure this is a trusted email and source.
5. Verifying your account: UNTHSC ITS will NEVER ask you to verify your account. ITS technicians and administrators will NEVER ask you for your password. As with any email, make sure any request to update passwords or personal information is from a trusted source. When in doubt, close this email and go directly to the source.
4. Anyone claiming to owe you money: Always be skeptical of anyone claiming to owe or deliver money to you. Even if this is a banking institution, close the email, and visit your trusted banking site.
3. Free software is another tool used to gain information from you and your computer. Often times, free games and programs will install spyware on your machine that can track when and what you do on your PC. This includes what you type and what sites you log into. Unless you know for sure that free software is trusted/safe, it is best to avoid it.
2. Passwords are your secret, personal information. Never share passwords with co-workers or friends. It is a good practice to update passwords regularly. Using the same password for multiple accounts can lead to all of your accounts being compromised. If you fear that your account has been compromised, update your password immediately and contact ITS helpdesk. If you use the same password for multiple accounts, you will need to update all of these accounts to keep your information secure. ITS technicians and administrators will NEVER ask you for your password.
1. Common sense is your best tool to combating phishing. Being safe is always the best course of action. When in doubt, question the source.
Keeping these tips in mind will make our campus safe, and our institutional data secure.
For further inquiries or help with any online security issues, contact ITS Helpdesk at 817-735-2192 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
UNTHSC Badge Replacements
UNTHSC is in the process of replacing all faculty and staff ID/Security badges to ensure all contain our current logo. A few things will change:
- The badges will list the individuals’ names and whether they are faculty, staff, students or contractors, they also will list the individual’s department name or college.
- Titles will no longer be listed.
- New pictures are not included. If you want a new photo taken, the charge is $5 and must be completed at least a week before the department’s printing in the Police Department. The individual must pay the fee, or, with prior approval, the department can pay via inter-departmental transfer.
- Department names are based on information in the EIS system, character limits and have been approved by the President’s Advisory Council.
- Old badges must be turned in to receive the new badge. Each department has a contact designated to handle distribution.
- Old badges will expire a week after sent to the department and will no longer work for building and parking garage access, etc.
- All badges will be replaced by the end of the calendar year.
Listed Below is the printing schedule for new badges by department:
|Batch 2||10/18/2013||Financial Operations|
|Batch 3||10/25/2013||School of Public Health
UNTHealth - OBGYN
UNTHealth - Business Services
|Batch 6||11/15/2013||UNTHealth - Family Medicine
UNTHealth - Health Information Management
UNTHealth - UNTHealth
TCOM - Office of the Dean
TCOM - Clinical Education
|Batch 9||12/13/2013||GSBS - Cell Biology and Immunology
GSBS - Forensic Investigative Genetics
GSBS - Gradute School of Bio/Med
GSBS - Integrative Physiology and Anatomy
Changes coming to Office 365 Email
On September 14, 2013, Microsoft upgraded the University's Office 365 email service to a new version with new features. (For an overview of the new web mail interface, see the Microsoft article What's new in Outlook Web App).
How do the changes affect me?
The process should be completely automatic, and should not require any action on your part. However, if you experience any difficulty, please see our troubleshooting tips below.
- Your Exchange server address should be outlook.office365.com
- Following the upgrade, you should monitor your Junk Mail folder to make sure it is not flagging desirable mail. The settings for junk mail seem to be more sensitive following the upgrade.
- To access Office 365 Outlook Web App go to o365.unthsc.edu (that's an "O" as in Office).
- Outlook Web Access (Web Mail) may prompt you to sign out when your account is upgraded. After the service upgrade, you may experience a brief delay the next time you log in (see below). If this status message doesn't go away, you may be using an unsupported browser.
- Once you log in, you'll notice that there is an all new look to Outlook Web App. You can learn about the changes here - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/what-s-new-in-outlook-web-app-HA102825478.aspx.
- Most changes are in looks, but important changes to note are:
- To sign out: click your name in the upper right hand corner and choose "Sign Out" from the menu that appears.
- Improved search: You can now search for people (contacts) as well as emails in the search box at the top.
- Writing/editing mail: This is now done in the right hand "Preview" pane, rather than in a pop up window, and may not work in all browsers. If this does not work for you, try the "Light" version of the web app (see below).
- The Outlook Web App users modern web technologies and requires a modern
browser. If you use an older browser (Internet Explorer 7, Safari 5, Firefox
16, etc.), experience slow performance, or simply prefer the old web layout:
To revert to the older web layout: Click the gear menu at the top right and choose "Display Settings." Click "Outlook Web App version" and check the box that says "Use the light version." Be sure to click "OK" at the top.
Mobile Device Configurations
iPhone / iPad
The process on an iPhone or iPad may be completely seamless, or you may need to restart the Mail app. You do not need to delete your account and recreate it!
To quit and restart mail on the iPhone or iPad:
- Click the home button to send Mail to the background
- Double click the home button to bring up the recent apps dock
- Tap and hold an icon to start the icons jiggling
- Tap the red dot on the mail icon and it will disappear
- Tap the home button to make the jiggling stop
- Tap the Mail icon to start it up again.
This is the manual way to quit and restart an app, and you should need to use this very rarely. It will happen automatically after a while as you use other apps. iOS automatically quits apps in the background whenever it needs the memory.
Most Android devices update themselves and only require a restart. If your device does not automatically detect the new Exchange server, edit your account settings manually with the new server address:
Further information to setup Android devices can be found on Microsoft's Help Site.