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Tips for minimising risks around Email Phishing

  • Be suspicious of attachments and unexpected e-mail messages.
  • Use antivirus software to scan anything that you receive in your e-mail. 
  • Be careful about clicking on embedded web links in e-mail. Make sure the link actually goes to their site & not a spoofed one – check before you click!
  • Be cautious about web sites you visit.
  • Don't enter sensitive information on a site you don't trust.
  • Make sure online transactions are actually secure (look for the padlock symbol to the left or right of the web site address in your web browser).
  • Don't just click on a link, copy it into your web browser and open it that way - that even includes Waikato University links in the e-mails we send! Online criminals can hijack your web session and take you somewhere else that may only look like the site you intend to visit.
  • Don't click on pop-ups or ads.
  • Be wary of e-mails asking for personal or financial information.
  • Keep your computer’s operating system security patches and antivirus software up to date so that your computer can help you in the fight.
  • Don't let your web browser be "helpful" by allowing auto fill-out of forms.
  • Use common sense. If it sounds weird or too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Be wary of unsolicited technical advice.
  • Remember, e-mail messages shouldn't be considered secure. Because e-mail can be forwarded to anyone, consider the messages you send public information.
  • Always remember to log-off after using secure web sites. If you do not, the next user of the computer may have access to your data.
  • Think twice about going to a secure site if you cannot verify the security of the computer. Public computers may not always be securely configured and pose a threat to your privacy by storing your password or web site cookies. 

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