Phishing refers to various attempts to trick you into handing over personal data such as passwords and codes via digital communication channels. Such data can later be used to steal information, money or to gain access to IT systems. If you suspect a phishing attempt, err on the side of caution and report it to the Security and Safety Division via firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is difficult to create a general checklist to detect phishing attempts, however, the following are a few warning signs that you should be particularly vigilant about:
- Questions asking for personal data, your username, password, codes, credit card numbers.
- Threats of negative consequences. “Your account will be deleted if you do not immediately...".
- Links in e-mails, social media or chat. Phishing links often go to completely different places than they appear to do.
More information is available at the staff portal: Avoid phishing.