Phishing - Stay Safe Online!
Phishing is one of the easiest ways for cybercriminals to get ahold of your sensitive information. In a matter of minutes, your University of Hawaii (UH) Username, your credit card information, and even your social security number could be in the hands of a criminal who is very eager to use your identity (and possibly your savings) to live life luxuriously..
Tips to Prevent Phishing:
- Be vigilant about protecting personal information, such as your UH username and password and your social security number. NEVER respond with any personal information (like your social security number) to an unsolicited email.
- Be careful when clicking on links, particularly when the link points to a website that does not begin with www.hawaii.edu or (something).hawaii.edu.
- Be safe, if you think you may have provided your UH username and password in response to a phishing message, change your password immediately. You can check your Google@UH login activity by following the instructions at: https://www.hawaii.edu/askus/1587
Phishing and Mobile Devices
You are more likely to fall for phishing on your mobile device! Because mobile devices don’t show the entire URL of a website, it’s easy for a phisher to create a convincing duplicate of an UH website with an equally convincing URL.
When prompted for your UH credentials (or any sensitive information) on a website:
- Tap on the URL bar
- Read the entire URL to check the legitimacy of the website
When using email apps on your mobile device, it's easier to fall for a phish because the apps typically show a Display name instead of the address of the actual sender.
Before clicking on any links when reading emails on these applications:
- Click on “View details” (in Android) or the senders name (iOS) to see the full email address of the sender
- Tap and hold any links to see the URL the link is actually going to
Don't Fall for Phishing:
Stop. Examine. Ask. Report.
S.E.A.R. the Phish
Click to learn about SEAR the Phish
- How to report a phishing email
- How to spot a suspicious web page
- Protect Yourself Against Phishing
- Securing Your Mobile Device
- Changing Your Password
- Information Security @ UH