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Spam and Phishing Awareness

Apr 12, 2012

What is spam?

Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited, usually undesired, bulk messages indiscriminately.  Some spam is merely annoying, while other spam can result in a number of very bad outcomes for unsuspecting recipients.

What is phishing?

Phishing is a specific type of spam.  Phishing or spoofing is a term used for deceitful or fraudulent e-mail messages designed to trick people to provide personal information that leaves them vulnerable to identity theft, computer viruses, and compromised e-mail accounts.  The number and sophistication of phishing scams continues to increase.  In addition to e-mail, phishing threats also exist through phony web sites or phone calls that ask the potential victim to supply or verify personal information.

How to protect against spam and phishing?

For more information on how to defend yourself from spam and phishing, please visit the IT Security Office security awareness and education page: http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/AdministrationOffices/Office-of-Information-Technology/IT-Security-Office/Awareness-and-Education.html



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