Managing your privacy settings, being mindful of the risks of internet or Bluetooth connected devices, switching to a privacy-protective search engine, and watching what you share on social media are all simple actions you can take to protect your private data.
As you check items off your shopping list, we ask you to remain mindful of how your online actions affect the entire Wayne State community. With virtual learning and working, scammers who gain access to your personal devices may also gain access to the Wayne State systems and services you use — and any data they house.
The Wayne State University Computing and Information Technology (C&IT) Information Security Office (ISO) has partnered with KnowBe4, a security awareness training provider, to educate the campus community about the security threats that target us.
As the Wayne State community continues to learn and work online, virtual security threats such as scam and phishing emails remain a concern for all large businesses, corporations, and organizations that own sensitive data, including educational institutions like Wayne State University. Computing and Information Technology (C&IT) places a high priority on the security of student, faculty, and staff data, and has focused its efforts on information security training for employees.
You may have recently been the recipient of a fraudulent email that claimed to have photos of you and requested money in the form of Bitcoins. These emails, also known as phishing emails, or in this specific case sextortion scams, are very effective because the sender takes extra time to create a message specific to you in an effort to trick or confuse you into providing your personal information.
Scam emails have evolved from messages with bad grammar and clickbait links, to persuasive emotional appeals that try to take advantage of our desire to help others. Recently, C&IT has seen scammers use the coronavirus epidemic to create a sense of urgency and sympathy among potential victims.
Wherever you roam this, C&IT hopes you travel safe and have a great time. The Research & Education Networks Information Sharing & Analysis Center has some tips to keep your information secure at home and abroad.
The holidays are everyone's favorite time of year — including scammers hoping to find your personal data under their trees. Between flurries of snow and shipping emails, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Computing & Information Technology has a few simple tips to keep your data and your money safe during the shopping season.
We would like to think email is a trustworthy platform. While it is safe the majority of the time, the reality is that the underlying technology was created long before today’s internet and has faults that many have learned to use to their advantage. The act of scamming someone through a fake email or message to gain data or money is known as phishing. Combating phishing is an ever-changing task; as defenders adapt, so does the other side.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available to all current or prospective college students in the U.S. The annual form determines your eligibility for financial aid, and assistance is free through Wayne State financial aid services.
College students like you are targeted by scammers who design emails and websites replicating university resources, with real phone numbers, photos and logos, to trick you into providing personal information. This is known as phishing and just one attempt could affect your financial aid refund if you fall for it.
C&IT is investigating scam phone calls that appear to come from Wayne State phone numbers (e.g. 313-577-0000) and include pre-recorded messages claiming to be the IRS, notifications about extended warranties, and other types of solicitation. If you receive a fraudulent call like this, please report it to C&IT using the Report Spam Calls form on tech.wayne.edu/forms/telephone so that we may block the number.