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Too good to be true? It probably is!
by David Franklin - Monday, 25 September 2017, 11:06 AM
 

Hi all

If you get emails which appear to be "too good to be true" they probably are. There is an increase of these sort of emails to students every year and they promise "money from an old relative", or "you have won millions on a lottery somewhere which you don't participate in", "free money if you fill out your bank details" etc... they are not true, just delete them.

ALWAYS BE SUSPICIOUS!

I would also like to remind everyone of the dreaded CLICKITIS syndrome which can affect users.

You may be wondering what CLICKITIS is and whether you suffer from it, read on.

Beware, don’t let CLICKITIS catch you out

Unsolicited bulk email messages are commonly called junk mail or spam and are the bane of many users/departments lives worldwide.  These emails may contain malicious programs or links to deception webpages.  These deception webpages use social engineering (‘Phishing’) to trick "clickers" and those poor souls affected with CLICKITIS into entering personal details that can be used to gain unauthorised access to their accounts. So be suspicious and don't just click which will help prevent you becoming a victim. NEVER fill out your details on some webpage/form unless you absolutely know it is legitimate.

Don’t be CLICK HAPPY

Your Marjon IT team employs one of the accepted “best practice” industry standard, email filtering systems that actively checks each of the 30,000+ messages we receive each day.  This system automatically blocks large proportions (around 60%) of the messages destined for you because they are recognised as 100% junk mail, which saves you all a huge amount of work. Your Quarantine message will allow you to see any messages that are not deemed as 100% spam so you can release any legitimate emails as necessary.

Think before you CLICK, every CLICK

Why can’t you block all the spam? Of course we would block all malicious email if this were possible, but sadly it is not because the spam mail devisors regularly change the content of email messages to circumvent current systems, so the threat is always evolving.  For example, we may see a lot spam with the subject “Invoice Information” and look to block those messages; however the same subject could be used in communications with the Account Department and be legitimate.

Don’t Click on things “Willy Nilly” 

The spam mail needs to be identified first, and later a filter to combat that threat needs to be developed and then applied to further email messages. 

Think twice, CLICK ONCE

We all need to recognise that a few messages are delivered can contain malicious content, email users are reminded to be aware of the contents of their email. So we all need to be vigilant and “canny” to proactively protect the University systems as well as ourselves.

WILLY NILLY CLICKING can be dangerous to your data security

If you do receive an email that appears to be from your bank or on-line shop, think would they be communicating with you via you Marjon work email?  If you use a Marjon email address for eBay, Amazon, or other online systems consider whether this is appropriate business use of a Marjon email address?

CLICK slow, don’t rush

So, to get down to the message, if you receive an unexpected email, be very wary and cautious regarding its contents.  Spam emails are cleverly designed to try to fool you, so demonstrate you will not be caught out by thinking before you click, not only at work but at home as well.

Never rush a CLICK it may harm your data

Where can you get information to help prevent CLICKITIS?

Have a look at https://www.getsafeonline.org/ a UK Government backed site thoroughly recommended.

Queries? No problem contact us in the usual ways:

Helpdesk when inside Marjon: http://help/portal/

Email (no pun intended): it@marjon.ac.uk

Phone: 01752 636700 extension 4333

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