Protection from Phishing

The primary responsibility for protecting yourself from phishers lies with YOU. Here are some steps you can take:

Increase your account security

  • You are already required to enroll in Duo for two-factor authentication (multi-factor authentication) here at NC State.
  • Be sure to enroll in two-factor on all your personal accounts.

Be on guard

  • Be wary of any email with an urgent request for personal, account or financial information.
  • NEVER give your Unity password to anyone for any reason.
  • Assume that EVERY email request for your password is fraudulent.
  • Unless an email is digitally signed (a method of authenticating digital information), assume it’s not authentic.

Don’t fill out a form on a website unless you know it is secure.

  • Communicate credit card and other account information only through a secure website or over the telephone.
  • To ensure that you’re on a secure web server, look for “https” inĀ its address in your browser’s address bar.
  • Look for a padlock or key symbol, usually at the bottom of your browser window (not in the web page window).
  • Double click on that symbol to see the security certificate for the site.
  • Make sure that it matches the site you think you’re visiting.
  • But beware – a scammer may also use a secure website!

Regularly check your bank, credit and debit card statements (paper and online)

  • Verify each account at least once a month.
  • Ensure that all transactions are legitimate.
  • If anything is suspicious, contact your bank and all card issuers.

Ensure that your browser is up to date

  • Make sure you apply the latest security updates.

Install and maintain antivirus and anti-spyware software

  • Some phishing email may contain software that can track your activities, disrupt your computer or simply slow it down.
  • Detect, manage and delete these threats by installing effective antivirus software and anti-spyware.
  • Keep it updated, either automatically or by downloading updates manually from the manufacturer’s website.

Stay informed

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: Identity Theft: What to do if it Happens to You

Go to the Phishing main page.