This January, Carleton students will begin receiving safe and simulated phishing emails, automatically generated by our systems, to help them better recognize what a phishing email might look like. These emails will be modelled after real-life emails that have arrived in Carleton email inboxes in the past. In all situations, including these simulated emails, you should never click on any links of a suspected phishing email. However, should a student click on a link in our simulated emails, they will be taken to an informational page outlining ways to stay safe online. This page will be hosted on a Carleton site and will encourage students to sign up for our Security Awareness Course.
Students, including those who click on links in the simulated phishing emails, are not being evaluated as part of this initiative. This initiative is for informational and education purposes only, and students who click on simulated phishing links will only be encouraged to learn more about how to stay safe online.
As a reminder, students should never provide any personal information, click any links, send a reply, or interact with the sender of a suspected phishing email in any way. The IT security web page has tips on protecting yourself online, including a few things to do if you receive a suspicious email:
- Hover over the sender’s email to confirm the address matches the sender’s name. If they don’t match, delete the email or click the Report Phishing button if using Outlook on desktop or the web
- Hover over any links to see where they point to before clicking
Never reply to an email with your password or click on a link to provide your credentials.
To learn more, please enrol in our Security Awareness Course through Brightspace now to learn more about how to stay cyber secure!
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