A phishing attack is a form of social engineering by which cyber criminals attempt to trick individuals by creating and sending fake emails that appear to be from an authentic source, such as a business or colleague. The email might ask you to confirm personal account information such as a password or prompt you to open a malicious attachment that infects your computer with a virus or malware.
Characteristics of a phishing email:
- The email asks you to confirm personal information
- The website link redirects you to a suspicious looking website
- Email address doesn't look genuine
- Message is designed to make you panic
- Contains a suspicious attachment
Actions to take:
- Most of the time these emails should simply be deleted.
- Do not click on links provided within the email or open any attachments.
- If you think it might be a legitimate email, call or email the business entity via your own internet search or other sources. Do not use the information provided within the email.
A passphrase is a password that is comprised of a combination of words that are easy to remember. By using a longer password such as a passphrase and adding complex characters like symbols, they are more secure and better protect private information. For example: “The R0@d To Succ3ss 1s Alway$ Under C0nstructiOn!”
Passphrase Protection Guidelines:
- Do use a passphrase that is 12+ characters in length.
- Do change your passphrase immediately if you think it may have been compromised (Reset Password).
- Do be careful about letting someone see you type your password.
- Do use at least one complex character (number or symbol) AND at least one capital letter
- Do not make your district account passphrase the same as the one you use for your personal accounts (e.g., personal email, on-line banking, social media.).
- Do not share your passphrase with anyone either in person, over the phone or through email.
- Do not store your passphrase in plain text on your computer.
- Do not post passphrases on computers, whiteboards, etc. . . .
- Do not give your passphrase to co-workers when on vacation.
- If you must write down a passphrase, kept it in a locked drawer at all times.