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Follow these tips and protect yourself from spam and phishing!
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.
Use a credit card for online purchases. Debit and ATM card numbers can be stolen and more easily used without your authorization.
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 antivirus software, Bitdefender.
Too Good to be True?
Avoid clicking on links on websites, online ads, and emails with offers on popular items and gadgets that sound too good to be true. Those links might contain viruses that will instantly download onto your computer.
If a free or discounted offer requests a bank account, social security, or credit card number, it’s most likely a scam.
If you receive an email request for personal information or are concerned about an email, contact IT Customer Care 718-817-3999 or HelpIT@fordham.edu to assess the email’s validity. Subscribe to the Fordham IT News for updated information about phishing and spam, including current known activity at Fordham University.