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Think before you click – help fight online fraud

Published: 07th October 2019 Last updated: 07th October 2019

During Awareness Week in May of this year, Library & IT Services sent a phishing e-mail to all staff. Approximately 80 per cent of those who received the e-mail did not click on the link it contained. This shows that as an organization we have become more aware of online dangers, but we’re not there yet. Recognizing phishing e-mails and creating awareness of online risks remain crucial to further developing a secure online working environment.

Narrowcasting awareness week

October is Cyber Security Month in Europe. This annual EU campaign aims to raise awareness of cyber security threats. Tilburg University fully endorses this campaign and that is why this week Library & IT Services gives you tips about online security and privacy.

Unauthorized access to your private data: phishing e-mails

Phishing e-mails are a common online crime. Phishing e-mails are fake e-mails sent by hackers trying to obtain your log-on details. These e-mails look so genuine that they are hard to distinguish from authentic ones. Hackers ‘fish’ for your details or spread viruses that give them access to your data.

Unauthorized access to your private data: Whatsapp and texting (SMS)

Cyber criminals can also get to you through Whatsapp and texting. Using Whatsapp, they pose as an acquaintance or relative and ask you to transfer money to an unknown account. Fake text messages often state a bank as the sender, a common ploy to try and get hold of your online banking security codes.

Practical tips

You will never be 100% safe online, but the following tips will help you make life harder for hackers:

  • Never open attachments to or links in e-mails from people you don’t know.
  • Check whether the site is genuine by typing the URL directly in the address field of your browser.
  • Always check the sender’s e-mail address by hovering the cursor over the sender’s name. If it is a phishing e-mail, the sender’s address is often unfamiliar or vaguely like that of an authentic organization or company.
  • A phishing e-mail often contains spelling mistakes or grammatical errors.
  • And the most important characteristic: the e-mail always asks you to share private data, usually as a matter of urgency.
  • When in doubt contact IT Support.

We have listed some tips on the safe use of Wi-Fi networks, secure passwords, and anti-virus software. Please read them carefully and … Think before you click!

What to do when you accidentally click on a phishing link

Contact IT Support straightaway. Has the hacker managed to lay their hands on private data? Report the hack to the Data Protection Officer (DPO) at The DPO will then decide whether the hack is a data breach that must be reported to the Data Protection Authority.

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