Have a Happy Holiday… Securely

Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday from Fordham IT’s University Information Security Office (UISO). 

Follow these tips and protect yourself from spam and phishing!
Email
Before
clicking on links or opening attachments in an email, verify the
sender. An email from friends or family might contain malicious content,
if their account has been hacked. If you don’t think the email sounds
like something they would send, they probably didn’t send it.
Credit Cards
Use
a credit card for online purchases. Debit and ATM card numbers can be
stolen and more easily used without your authorization.
Secure Websites
Always look for https (as opposed to http) on a website’s URL when making a purchase. The “s” indicates the site provides a layer of security for transmitting your personal information over the Internet.
Browsers and Security Software
Keep your browser, browser plug-ins (such as video players), and security software up to date. Use Fordham’s free Symantec Antivirus Protection.
Too Good to be True?
Avoid
clicking on links on websites, online ads, and emails with offers on
popular gifts and gadgets that sound too good to be true. Those links
might contain viruses that will instantly download onto your computer. 
Scams
If a free or discounted offer requests a bank account, social security, or credit card number, it’s most likely a scam. 
Get Help
If you receive an email request personal information or are concerned about an email, contact IT Customer Care to assess the email’s validity. Subscribe to the Fordham SecureIT blog for updated information about phishing and spam, including current known activity at Fordham University.
Contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or HelpIT@fordham.edu. Follow @FordhamIT on Twitter, where we post news and service alerts. If you don’t have a Twitter account, use the URL twitter.com/FordhamIT

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