Don't Get Caught ... by a Phishing Phony

Don't like people "messin' with your mind", trying to get you to do things they want you to, even though you know better? Maybe they use charm so you'll trust them, or pull rank and brandish their supposed authority, or just take the direct route and attempt to scare you into doing what they want.

This is called "social engineering", and it can have serious repercussions. Tricksters will use a variety of phishing techniques (email, text, phone, paper mail, in person) all with the same intent: to persuade you to give up some important information, such as a password or social security number. [See this recent story about how a successful phishing expedition ended up knocking the NY Times offline for several hours.]

The good news is, you can learn how to spot phishing to protect yourself and others, which is this week's focus. We've made it easy for you, packaging key tips into a short tutorial. (Note: The tutorials can be viewed on an iPad after installing a special app you can download here.) We also included a quiz so you can assess what you learned. As an extra incentive, a perfect score earns you a chance for the raffle held on the 31st. Prizes include an iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

We're also offering an interactive and fast-moving class on Thursday, In This Phishing Contest, Your Identity is the Trophy, so that you can learn more, ask questions, and meet the Information Security Group. Plus free cookies! 

Step 1.

Starting Oct. 6, Register for Don't Get Caught, Get Cautious, then watch this week's short hands-on tutorial.

Step 2.

Attend the Brown Bag on Oct. 10 and earn another chance on the raffle. Reserve your spot via LearningPoint or use this direct link.

Step 3.

Take the short quiz. Ace it for a chance on one of several prizes being raffled off on the 31st plus a weekly prize of a Brown hat.

Step 4.

Come back next week for more tips and chances on the raffle.