IT Update: Scott Stoops talks Security and Phishing

IT Update: Scott Stoops talks Security and Phishing

Ashland University Information Technology Director representative, Scott Stoops, stopped by the WRDL Studios on Monday, Sept. 11 to talk with The Early Bird’s Word crew about computer security and phishing.  The following information on phishing is provided by the Ashland.edu homepage:

Keep in mind the following tips for identifying and avoiding phishing scams:

  • Check links in emails carefully. Never follow links that contain misspellings or that go to suspicious domains.
  • Never download attachments that you weren’t expecting.
  • Watch out for a sense of urgency or the threat of consequences; they’re used to rush you into acting without thinking.
  • Make sure that the information in the email (sender, subject, content, signature, etc.) makes sense together. Watch out for discrepancies and poor grammar and writing.
  • Verify the content of the email only by contacting the alleged sender using a published phone number, verifying the message in person, or by confirming the information in a separate publication. Never reply directly to the email.

AU Information Technology is located on the first floor of Patterson Hall and is open to all AU Students.