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Awareness Week: Practical tips regarding phishing e-mail

Everyone thinks online security is important, but do you act with your security in mind?

Since it is important to Tilburg University to process your data safely and responsibly, it has taken various measures to achieve this. Still, these measures alone are not enough. You also have an important part to play in better security yourself, for instance, using strong passwords, immediately installing updates, using secure WiFi networks.

Phishing e-mail

The theme of Tilburg University’s Awareness Week is phishing e-mail and the risks and traps involved. Tips are provided to help you to better protect yourself online. Phishing e-mails, i.e., fake e-mails, sent by hackers trying to obtain your usernames and passwords, are sometimes hard to distinguish from bona fide messages. In this way, hackers “fish” for your details and spread viruses. You may think: I would never fall for that! Unfortunately, phishing e-mails are still opened all too often.

Practical tips

At this page you can find information on what you can do to prevent becoming a victim of cyber abuse. Here are a number of tips on how to spot malicious e-mails:

  • You receive an email out of the blue or from someone you don't know. Do not open any attachments it contains and do not provide or confirm personal information that you wouldn't normally expect to be asked for.
  • At first glance, the sender's email address looks genuine, but on inspection it turns out to be a bogus variation that imitates a known brand.
  • If an email you receive invites you to click on seemingly authentic links, like fake email addresses these links may be phony. Hover over each link and inspect it (e.g., for misspelled familiar domain names) before you click on it.
  • You receive an email that urges you to act swiftly in order to stave off dire consequences. Contact the sender through other methods to verify the email's legitimacy. 
  • You receive an email that contains spelling errors, shaky grammar, and odd turns of phrase, or that is written in a style you don't expect from the sender.