World Backup Day – March 31st

World Backup Day is a global initiative to remind and teach people to properly and safely backup their files. At Nipissing University, we have our shared and home directories backed up daily to keep all our hard work safe.

For your personal documents and family photos, you may find the information at worldbackupday.com helpful. No matter which method you choose, we recommend you use strong passphrases to secure all your information.

 

Virus-Hoax-Spam – Fw- new message

Some of you may have received an email message from “Student Involvement” with the subject line Fw: new message.   The message asks you to click the link provided to open a message.  THIS IS A HOAX.

Never respond to emails, open attachments, or click on suspicious links or unknown senders asking for personal information.

Always remember that UTS will never send you unsolicited emails asking for confidential information, such as your password or account details. We will never ask you to validate or restore your account access through email or pop-up windows.

If you have entered personal information after clicking on a link or suspect fraudulent behavior, please call the Help Desk immediately at 4342.

Spam Alert – IT Service Email

The email many of us received this morning titled: “IT Service” asking to verify your account, is not a legitimate request from UTS. Please do not respond to or follow any links in this or similar messages.

UTS will never send you unsolicited emails asking for confidential information, such as your password or account details. We will never ask you to validate or restore your account access through email or pop-up windows.

If you have entered personal information after clicking on a link or suspect fraudulent behavior, please call the Help Desk immediately at 4342.

 

Warning- Text-Sms Phishing

Some members of the Nipissing University community have reported that they have received phishing scams as text messages. Please exercise the same caution you would with your email when you receive texts with links claiming to be from banks or other service providers. When in doubt, contact the organization using trusted contact information from the official source to verify the message is legitimate.

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

 

Virus-Hoax-Spam – New Message Emails

Some of you may have received an email message from a colleague with the subject line Fw: new message. The message states new message, please read and provides a link.

Never respond to emails, open attachments, or click on suspicious links or unknown senders asking for personal information.

Remember that UTS will never send you unsolicited emails asking for confidential information, such as your password or account details. We will never ask you to validate or restore your account access through email or pop-up windows.

If you have entered personal information after clicking on a link or suspect fraudulent behaviour, please contact the Technology Services Desk immediately.

 

Virus-Hoax-Spam- Important

Some of you may have received an email message from a colleague with the subject line IMPORTANT.   The message asks you to follow a link to view your message.

Never respond to emails, open attachments, or click on suspicious links or unknown senders asking for personal information.

Remember that UTS will never send you unsolicited emails asking for confidential information, such as your password or account details. We will never ask you to validate or restore your account access through email or pop-up windows.

If you have entered personal information after clicking on a link or suspect fraudulent behavior, please contact the Technology Services Desk immediately.

 

Security Reminder – Username and Password

The use of the same login name and password for access to different accounts and websites is strongly discouraged. If a website that you visit is compromised, the attacker will have access to the login names and passwords that were used.

If this website’s login name was your email address, the attacker now has that piece of information. If you used the same password as your email account, the attacker now has access to your email account, all the personal information contained within, and even the ability to reset passwords for other sites.

There are several secure password apps available that do a good job of providing tracking and securely saving login names and passwords.  A search of the App Store will give you some to research. We recommend: Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault by Callpod. We will followup with a more detailed message on this type of app.

For added security on your Nipissing email account, consider enabling 2-step verification. 2-Step Verification adds an extra layer of security to your Google Account, drastically reducing the chances of having the personal information in your account stolen. To break into an account with 2-Step Verification, one would not only have to know your username and password, they would also have to have your mobile phone.

Learn more about 2-step verification here: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/180744. You can set it up yourself, or we can help you.

 

Virus-Hoax – CIBC – Customer Documents

Some of you may have received an email message from “Harry Culham” (Harry.Culham@cibc.com) with the subject line CIBC Customer Documents.   The message states that you can view/print your notice of documents.  THIS IS A HOAX.

Never respond to emails, open attachments, or click on suspicious links or unknown senders asking for personal information.

Always remember that UTS will never send you unsolicited emails asking for confidential information, such as your password or account details. We will never ask you to validate or restore your account access through email or pop-up windows.

 

NU Online Security- Canadian Banks Targeted by Malware

Canadian banks have recently become a popular target for online fraud. Please consider the following when banking online:

If you feel that you have been a victim of an online scam, contact the appropriate authorities.

Warning- University Employee Payroll Scam

The Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (A division of Public Safety Canada) has sent us the following warning:

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert addressing a spear phishing scam targeting university employees and their payroll accounts. Scam operators use fraudulent emails and websites to entice employees to reveal login credentials.

If you believe that you have been victimized by this scam, we recommend filing a report with your local law enforcement agency and change all your Nipissing passphrases. UTS will never send you unsolicited emails asking for confidential information, such as your password or account details. We will never ask you to validate or restore your account access through email or pop-up windows.

If you have entered personal information after clicking on a link or suspect fraudulent behaviour, please call the Help Desk immediately at 4342.

Nipissing University
100 College Drive, Box 5002
North Bay, ON, Canada
P1B 8L7
Tel: 705.474.3450
Fax: 705.474.1947
TTY: 877.688.5507
Brantford Campus
50 Wellington St.
Brantford, ON, Canada
N3T 2L6
Tel: 519.752.1524
Fax: 519.752.8372
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