Cyber Security Month Tip of the Week #3: Look Out for Deceptive Links

October 18, 2013

A message from Larry Conrad, AVC-IT & CIO

Thank you for the efforts you are taking this month to raise awareness among your customers and colleagues about phishing threats and the danger of sending passwords in email.

'Phishing' schemes persist because they work. Unfortunately, there is no magic answer. Be careful and use this week’s tip when following a link from an email leading to a website. Deceptive links can deliver malware to your computer or mobile device even if you have anti-virus software installed or are using a Mac.

How then are we to know if a message is genuine or not? That brings us to the slogan for week 3 of our October National Cyber Security Awareness campaign:

"Hover to Discover" -- Look Out for Deceptive Links

Have you ever wondered if a link in an email or on a website is trusted? Try this tip to see.

Hover over the link (don't click), or for a touchscreen, press and hold the link (don't tap) to reveal the actual URL. (Look in the bottom left corner of the browser window.) Don't click on a link unless it goes to a URL you trust.

Please help spread the word that each member of the campus community plays a key role in protecting campus information assets.

Look for next week’s downloadable fliers at:

https://security.berkeley.edu/phishing.

And a special thanks to our colleagues in CSS-IT for taking this opportunity to use these materials to educate campus IT customers about IT security. Hard copies of posters or postcards are available at the reception desk of Earl Warren Hall, 2484 Shattuck Avenue, or 41 Dwinelle.

Protecting your CalNet passphrase is one of your most basic, and most important, information security responsibilities. If your password is compromised, it can be used to attack other campus systems and put institutional assets at risk.

Only YOU can PROTECT your CalNet passphrase!