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Information Security at the University of Hawai‘i

Be on the Lookout for Spearphishes

The University of Hawai‘i has experienced an increase in spearphishing attempts on our users. These attacks take the form of malicious emails seemingly from trusted senders containing links or attachments carrying malware that can steal any information on the computer.

An example of a suspicious attachment could be a Microsoft Word document that contains a malicious script.

To read more about spearphishing, see more examples, and learn what to do if you receive a spearphish, please visit

Being a Good Cyber-Citizen

Digital citizenship is an important part of an individual's online identity and requires everyone to take steps to make the Internet an enjoyable, safe place for everyone. "The Internet is a powerful and useful tool, but in the same way that you shouldn't drive without buckling your seat belt or ride a bike without a helmet, you shouldn't venture online without taking some basic precautions." This is an important reminder from the National Cyber Security Alliance that cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility as an individual and a member of our ever-growing online community. Here are some tips to keep in mind as we work together to create a better, safer digital world for ourselves and others.

  • Own your online presence. To keep yourself safe, set privacy and security settings on web services, apps, and devices to your comfort level. You do not have to share everything with everyone. It is your choice to limit what (and with whom) you share personal information.
  • Be a good digital citizen. The things that you would not do in your physical life, do not do in your digital life. If you see crime online, report it the same way you would in real life. Keep yourself safe and assist in keeping others safe on the Internet.
  • Respect yourself and others. Practice good netiquette, know the law, and do not do things that would cause others harm. The Golden Rule applies online, as well.
  • Practice good communications. Never send an e-mail typed in anger. Put it in your draft folder and wait. Keep in mind that digital communications do not give the reader the same visual or audio cues that speaking in person (or by video or phone) does.
  • Protect yourself and your information.Use complex passwords or passphrases, and don't reuse the same password or variations of a simple phrase. Better yet, enable two-factor authentication or two-step verification whenever possible.

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