Tax season phishing scam
Posted by Gary Barton on April 6, 2021

WMU received a warning of an ongoing IRS-impersonation phishing scam that appears to primarily target educational institutions, including students and staff who have ".edu" email addresses.

Visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-warns-university-students-and-staff-of-impersonation-email-scam to see the full IRS news release.

Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails to make individuals reveal personal information.

These messages may appear to come from a legitimate source and will vary in content (not limited to the following):

  • A request to click a link that leads to a fraudulent website, with the hopes you'll submit personal information. See a link? Stop and think!
  • The sender's email could include an official-looking from address, subject line, and company logos/imagery. If you are unsure of the content in the email contact the sender through known methods to verify the request.

These messages are not legitimate. Taking any action on messages of this nature may put your Western Michigan University account, as well as your personal and financial information at risk.

Visit https://helphub.wmich.edu/hc/en-us/articles/360047229491 to see recent examples of phishing messages.

Visit https://helphub.wmich.edu/hc/en-us/sections/360009672651 to learn more about phishing.


New phishing attack: Fraudulent emails targeting WMU addresses
Posted by Dylan Ledbetter on March 19, 2021

Please be aware that Western Michigan University is currently being targeted by a phishing campaign which may result in you receiving a fraudulent message. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails to make individuals reveal personal information.

These messages may appear to come from a legitimate source and will vary in content (not limited to the following):

  • A request for personal information like a phone number where you could receive a text message or link.
  • The sender's display name or signature looks similar to that of a campus employee.

These messages are not legitimate. Taking any action on messages of this nature may put your Western Michigan University account, as well as your personal and financial information at risk.

What if I've already given the sender my phone number?
  • Block the sender's number if you receive texts or phone calls
  • Cease communication

Visit https://helphub.wmich.edu/hc/en-us/sections/360009672651 to learn more about phishing.


Employees, extend your password expiration to one year, activate 2FA
Posted by Gary Barton on February 25, 2021
2FA

Two-factor authentication (2FA) has become part of daily life. 2FA protects your bank accounts, personal email accounts, social media accounts, and most of your login based online entertainment and services.

While 2FA is currently not required for all employees at WMU we encourage you to opt-in and activate 2FA to help protect your campus accounts and information. By activating 2FA the requirement to change your password will be increased to once every 365 days the next time you change your password. Employees who do not use two-factor authentication must change their passwords every six months.

Activate 2FA Now

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New Wireless Connection for Campus Residents
Posted by Gary Barton on January 15, 2021

To increase the lanes of internet traffic and reduce Wi-Fi interference you can now connect to the wireless network WMU ResNet 5 GHz. The WMU ResNet 5 GHz network is only available in campus residential buildings and is intended to further improve the reliability of your network connection while in the residence halls or apartments. Campus residents are encouraged to connect devices to this network if compatible and available on your device.

WMU Wireless Overview


Rise in phishing during closure
Posted by Gary Barton on December 21, 2020

During the holiday's criminals don't take time off. Please be vigilant in regards to your online safety during the holidays as you are away from campus. Current popular scams revolve around pet buying/offerings, COVID-19 vaccines, financial stimulus checks, and messages from the IRS.

Make sure you know how to identify email, phone, and online scams.

Signs of Phishing Emails
https://helphub.wmich.edu/hc/en-us/articles/360046800392

If you receive suspicious emails from a known source, think twice before replying. Ask yourself, "Is this normal behavior for communication from the sender?"

See a link? Stop and think!
https://helphub.wmich.edu/hc/en-us/articles/360046799392

The Technology Help Desk is closed during the holiday closure, so be sure to explore Help Hub for Security & Privacy self-help.

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