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How to protect yourself from phishing

Over the last few years, students have seen more and more phishing attempts in their inboxes. To help you stay safe and protect your cyber security, check out our article!

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Over the last few years, students have seen more and more phishing attempts in their inboxes. To help you stay safe and protect your cyber security, we’ve compiled some useful info!

What is phishing?

Phishing is an attempt to get some of your valuable and sensitive information, like passwords, often in the form of an email. These can sometimes be tricky to spot because they can look like they were sent by someone you know – like a course mate, real organisations or even the University.

Usually, the email will contain a link that asks you to enter important information – like your user name and password. It could also prompt you to open files or documents.

From generic greetings to typos and embedded website addresses that don’t match the links, the Library has pulled together an example of what phishing emails look like and some signs to spot them. You can find out more on their website here!

What do to if you get a phishing email

If you’ve received a phishing email, you should delete it immediately and not open it. If you have already opened the email and clicked on any links it sent, you need to change your password immediately.

If you use the same password for any other accounts, you should change those as soon as you can as well. You can contact Leeds Beckett Library Services by following this link to change your University account password.

If you think you may have received a phishing email, please get in touch with the Library team as soon as possible so they can report it and help fix any issues you may have with your University account.

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