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Scroll through this quick website to learn how to keep yourself protected against phishing and other forms of Social Engineering.

Social Engineering

Social engineering is a broad category of attack, but is one that almost anyone who uses the internet will come across. It's defined as the use of deception to manipulate people into disclosing sensitive information, and can range from high school pranks to massive international data breaches. One of the most common versions of social engineering is phishing, and you're likely to encounter it in your student email account. What's phishing? Here's some clues:

  • Look out for any emails that tell you to click on a link or log into something urgently
  • Always look at the from address and ensure it looks correct
  • Don't open email attachments that you aren't expecting or are unsure about
  • Forward any emails that you're suspicious of as an attachment to [email protected]

Employment Scams

As this this poster says, a very common scam is an email saying someone is looking for an assistant or some other similar, easy work. They'll usually also say they pay a high weekly salary to you just for doing basic office work from your personal computer. In reality they just want your personal information and eventually want your bank account information.

  • If it looks to good to be true, it probably is
  • If you or anyone you know has sent their banking information to one of these scammers, you can report it to the police
  • As always, you can send it to [email protected] if you're unsure about an email like this

Protect Your Privacy

In this day and age more an more companies are selling your data without your knowledge, and hackers want to steal it. Thankfully there are some easy ways to help keep your data more private, which means you'll get less spam!

  • Don't publish your student email on the web or sign up for non school related accounts with it
  • Turn off tracking in your browser and on websites (Privacy Badger is a great browser extension)
  • Think before you put personal data on the web and social media