‘Don’t take the bait’ Cyber Safety – Review in 2: Beware of phishing

April 3, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Phishing is a fraudulent practice of sending emails that portray reputable companies or people in order to encourage individuals to reveal personal information or to infect your computer with viruses.

Phishing tips and reminders

  • Read carefully when an email is marked “External Email – Use Caution”

  • Never provide your user name or password in an email.

  • Phishing emails usually have grammatical, typographical or other errors and are written to create a sense of urgency and an immediate response

  • Watch for emails asking you to go bypass standard processes

  • Never forward a suspected phish to a friend or co-worker: Always report it!

When in doubt, report it!

Coming in May, a new way to report phishing emails will be made available in Outlook. If you suspect an email is a phishing attempt, click on the Report Phishing button. The email will be reported and deleted from your inbox.

Readers are encouraged not only to view the April Cyber Safety poster, but to print it, hang it up and share it with others.

Take the April quiz for a chance to win a breakfast basket delivered to your place of work

Question: How do you report an email that you think is a phish? (TIP: Open the awareness poster for the answer!)

Email your answer to IAMM-Ed-Awa@med.umich.edu with “April Quiz” in the subject line.

Congratulations to the March winner!

Sandra Kotsis in the Department of Surgery, Section of Plastic Surgery, was the winner of the March breakfast basket. Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing and for taking time to learn more about cyber safety.

Since January, Michigan Medicine’s Information Assurance: Education & Awareness team has been promoting a monthly IT security reminder as part of its “Cyber Safety – Review in 2” campaign. The goal is to increase awareness of key cybersecurity topics by presenting important information that can be reviewed in two minutes or less. See the complete list of all of the “Cyber Safety – Review in 2” posters by visiting Safe Computing.

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