Monthly Security Tips: (Safely) Swimming Through a Sea of Scams

Have you ever received an email that looks like it’s from your bank, but the grammar is a bit off? What about an email from a friend, but the intro says “Greetings Sir” instead of addressing you by name? Chances are you’ve received several of these phishing emails in your lifetime. If you are unfamiliar with phishing, SANS will get you up to speed!

The December edition of OUCH!, a monthly security awareness newsletter from the cybersecurity experts at SANS Institute, explains how phishing attacks can occur, and it gives you an idea of what they might look like. The article shares suspicious tactics that you should watch out for so you don’t get caught in a hacker’s net. If an email has poor spelling and asks you to send your personal information immediately, simply delete the email.

If you are a student, staff or faculty member of The Ohio State University, you can forward these suspicious emails to report-phish@osu.edu before deleting. That way, our tech experts can help block these emails in the future.