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How Do I | Avoid Phishing


Know about Phishing and MalVertising and what you can do.


What are Phishing and MalVertising?

Phishing is the act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam users into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft or other illegitimate purposes. The email directs users to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user's information (2005, webopedia.com).

While the Blackboard site is very secure, there is the potential for Phishing to occur. Phishing creates the illusion that you are in a secure web site when you really are not.

Without actually entering our Blackboard system, hackers can created the illusion that you have safely logged into Blackboard and request that you submit personal or sensitive information. By sending you a link in an email, or placing a link in a website, hackers may try to lure you into clicking on a link which will bring up their scam website within the actual SDSU Blackboard interface.

In addition, MalVertising (malicious advertising) is another way hackers can damage data, steal your personal information, or take control of your computer. It can be hidden in a seemingly harmless advertisement.

Watch out for pages that claim they can scan your computer or make similar promises. Avoid downloading something that you didn't ask to download. Unfortunately, some false advertisements are placed on trusted, reputable, well-traffic sites (2009, webopedia.com ). Be careful, watchful, and observant.


What Can You Do to Avoid These Things?

Never respond to or follow the directions of any email message that asks you to update your information within Blackboard or any other site where you have an account. Most companies and service providers don't work like that.

Use legitimate, up-to-date anti-virus, firewall, anti-malware, and anti-spyware tools.

Avoid offers to scan or secure your computer with free, unproven software or programs that you haven't researched. Since all student personal information comes into Blackboard from the MyCSUStan (PeopleSoft) system, Bb will never send any messages about security, software, or scanning programs. We may send notices to remind or advise you, but will never ask you to provide your personal information nor use something we do not provide through official, well-tested providers. If you receive suspicious looking email about Blackboard or have any questions about the legitimacy of messages regarding your information or about services or software, forward your message to the OIT Client Services Help Desk.


Additional Information

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