In an effort to educate our University community, Information Technology Services (ITS) wants to make you aware of the different types of phishing schemes that can adversely affect your electronic devices or potentially expose your personally identifiable information.
Phishing is an attempt by a person posing as a trustworthy entity in electronic communication to acquire information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details and, in some cases, money.
The Torch recently experienced a type of phishing incident on its website. The Torch staff is working with its vendor to remediate this issue. The Torch website is hosted independent of the www.ferris.edu and MyFSU websites. However, as a precaution, University Advancement and Marketing, in consultation with ITS, has temporarily removed all links to the Torch’s website from www.ferris.edu pages until the issues are resolved.
If you visited the Torch’s website, saw a pop up message that said your browser was out of date, and you allowed it to update your computer, you most likely had some malware installed that could allow for the compromise of your device and possibly data on it.
If you did this on a University computer, please contact the Technology Assistance Center so your device can be cleaned of the malware. If you clicked on the pop up using a personally-owned device, please bring your computer to Student Technology Services in Rankin Center (University Center) for help to remove the malware. There may be a fee for this service.
Here are some good tips for how to stay secure when browsing with your computer or other devices:
Ferris Information Technology Services
Last updated: 12-05-2014