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Tech Bits: 7 Short Tips for Staying Safe Online (Faculty & Staff)

Date

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hackers use all kinds of tricks to try and learn valuable information about you. Just last week a phishing email made the rounds at Temple disguised as a Security Update

So what should you do to keep your information safe? 

  1. Don't click on links or give out personal information when you're in a hurry, tired or feeling pressured. Take a minute to stop and think about the requests. If it looks phishy, it probably is. 
  2. Hold on tight to your passwords and personal information. Temple will never ask for your password or confidential information in an email. 
  3. Be cautious when you are requested to type your username or password into a website you've never seen before. You run the risk of giving your login credentials away. 
  4. Don't open an attachment sent via email unless you are expecting the file. Instead of emailing attachments, use OWLbox, Google Docs, or OneDrive to share your files. 
  5. Beware of pop-ups with sayings like you've just won a prize. Don't click on it, or call the phone number, if one is listed. Just save your work, close the browser and restart your computer. 
  6. Find out where a link is going before you click on it. Don't click, but hover the cursor over the link and then look at the bottom left corner of your browser. In some cases, the address appears as pop-up text near the link. Is the address suspicious? If so, delete the email. 
  7. Be on alert when strangers call you out of the blue saying there's a problem with your computer, printer or other device. Don't give out any personal information or install any programs - even if they say they're from Apple or Microsoft! Just hang up. 

If you receive a suspicious request for information, please don't hesitate to contact the Help Desk through the TUhelp site or call 215-204-8000. A consultant will help you determine if the request is legitimate. 

You can also report phishing emails to abuse@temple.edu