Phish Training

You've Been Hooked.
You Were Phished.

You were tricked into clicking a link in an email
or deceived into providing information
digitally that should remain confidential.

Our IT CardShark asks
that you don't take the
bait next time.

Phishing is a type of bogus malicious email sent to you in order to steal usernames, passwords, personal information, credit card numbers and other sensitive data by masquerading as from a trustworthy entity. A phish pretends to be from a credible source in order to trick you into (unintentionally) giving up personal information or upload a virus-infected file on your computer or device.

Cheesy Phish Bait

We try to filter out most spam or known phishing attempts but can't catch all of the lures sent to your email. As scammers get more inventive with the emails they send, it is very important to learn how not to get hooked or bite onto the wrong clickable link. Please take the time to check out this short video for more information on types of phishing emails to avoid.

Harmful Bite / Byte

By clicking on a phishing link or submitting personal information to the wrong entity, you are risking all of the information for which you have access. If your userID and password are stolen all of the data stored within your email, computer, or other accounts that you have access to at UofL can be exposed. Don't be fooled by these type of emails requiring urgent action or chomp down on an enticement from unknown sources.

Phish Virus Alert

Don't let your computer or data be dead in the water. Phishing emails can also transmit viruses that can harm your computer or freeze access to your data. Some ransomware infections can collect and/or encrypt all of your saved information to the point where it would become unrecoverable. If you receive an email floating a request to have you download a file and you don't know the sender, be suspicious and don't click on it.

If you suspect that you've been phished or have given up electronic info to an unknown source, change your UofL password immediately and
contact the IT HelpDesk.

For UofL specific examples of phishing emails, dive into our Phishbowl.