Protecting your personal information

As you know, spam and phishing messages are a rampant problem no matter what email program or network you use. To avoid becoming a victim of these illegal activities, we recommend that you keep these security habits in mind:

  • Never reply to—or click on—links in messages that ask for your password or other personal account information. These messages are all attempts to gather your personal information for illegal activities (aka phishing).
  • Links in messages often point to fake sites (that look like a real log in page) or are attempts to hack your computer. If you click a link in a message, confirm the URL is for the authentic site before entering passwords or other account information.
  • Remove Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file-sharing programs. These programs are designed to share as much of your computer's contents as possible. Even if you don't download anything at UD, you could be cited for copyright infringement by the artists or their agents.
  • Do not click on pop-up banners or menus that appear if you have not requested anything from the site that is being advertised. Again, these are most likely fake leads to gather your personal information, hack your computer, or infect your computer with a virus or malware.