This semester, reports of e-mail
phishing on the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus
have risen dramatically.
Phishing, as defined by
Webopedia, is “the act of sending an
e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be
an established, legitimate enterprise
in an attempt to scam the user into
surrendering private information that
will be used for identity theft.”
Typically, these e-mails will direct
users to a false website where they are
asked to update personal information
such as passwords, credit card, social
security and bank account numbers,
that the so-called “legitimate”
organization claim to already have.
In an effort to combat this growing
cyber threat, The Pointer has teamed
up with UWSP’s IT department to
provide you with these useful tips
to ensure that your identity remains
well protected during your time here.
1.) Don’t give out personal
information such as a password,
credit card number, Social Security
Number, birthday, etc. to any request
you receive in email without verifying
the authenticity of the email.
2.) Don’t click on anything
inside an email without verifying the
authenticity of the email.
3.) Don’t trust the email simply
because you think you recognize the
4.) Report phishing attempts to
either the Postmaster, Helpdesk, or
Information Security Office.
5.) Always keep your web
browsers, Internet Explorer, Mozilla
Firefox, Opera, etc., up-to-date with
the latest security patches.
6.) Consider installing an anti-
phishing toolbar to help protect you
from known fraudulent websites.
7.) If you feel you have been
tricked by a phishing scam, or had
your identity stolen, contact either
the Postmaster, Helpdesk, or the
Information Security Office as soon