From the KnowledgeBase
Information security and safe computing at Princeton means learning about phishing and how to avoid it.
To be effective, Information Security must be the concern of everyone who comes in contact with information.
If you receive e-mail or phone calls pretending to come from the OIT Help Desk or another University office, telling you that unless you provide account, password, Social Security number, and birth date, your e-mail account -- or other service -- will be terminated, DO NOT REPLY. Such attempts are fraudulent 'phishing' scams, designed to fool you into providing personal information. No office at Princeton will ever ask you to give a password or any confidential information via e-mail or phone, just as no financial institution or e-commerce firm will ask you to e-mail credit card information or PIN numbers. Don't ever respond to any e-mail or calls asking for such information.
Information Security is the set of actions that all of us must take to reduce the risk of:
- Confidential information being exposed to the wrong people
- Information being tampered with and rendered invalid, and/or
- Information being made unavailable when needed
See: www.princeton.edu/phishing for more information.
- OIT Information Security
- Princeton University Rights Rules and Responsibilities
- Princeton University Information Technology Policy
- Spam: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- How to avoid infecting your computer with a virus