As you work from home to protect yourself from COVID-19, protect your information too. Cyber-criminals use emergencies as a time to seek out victims, and phishing emails and texting scams targeting people working from home are on the rise. These scams can trick you into downloading infected files or unknowingly exposing your personal information.
What to Do:
Keep an eye out for suspicious messages, whether they come to your work email, personal email, or via text. Don’t open attachments or click links from any email address or phone number you don’t recognize. If you get an unexpected attachment from someone you do know, don’t reply to it or open the attachment. Instead, start a new email to ask the person about it directly, or call them to make sure they meant to send it.
To learn more about how to protect yourself against phishing attempts, check out the Phishing cybersecurity training module at https://go.illinois.edu/securitytraining.
To report a suspicious message, see the Technology Services KnowledgeBase at https://answers.uillinois.edu/illinois/page.php?id=50007 for more information.
Stay safe, stay secure. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or feedback.
-Technology Services Privacy and Security Team