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WHAT TO DO IF YOU RESPONDED TO A PHISHING SCAM

If you provided your network username or password in response to a phishing scam, please complete the steps below in the order listed:

  1. MOST IMPORTANT! Go to this page right away and reset your network password:

    http://www.smith.edu/changepass


  2. Open your Smith Mail account in Chrome, scroll to the bottom of your message list, and click the Details link in the lower right, as shown below.




  3. The Activity Information window will open, as shown below. Click the Sign out all other sessions button to ensure that anyone else using your account is disconnected, then close the window.




  4. Back in your Smith Mail window, click the "gear" icon in the upper right and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.

  5. In the Settings window, click each of the tabs below in turn and check for any changes you didn't make yourself:




    1. Under General, check your signature and your vacation responder message. Delete or correct any changes you didn't make.

    2. Under Accounts, check your Send-mail-as and Grant-access-to settings. Delete or correct any changes you didn't make.

    3. Under Filters, check your filters and delete or correct any changes you didn't make.

    4. Under Forwarding and POP/IMAP, check your Forwarding setting and delete or correct any changes you didn't make.

  6. Your account should now be okay, but be sure to read the section below for information about protecting yourself against phishing scams in the future.

  7. If you notice any odd browser behavior going forward, please contact User Support at x4487.


Protecting yourself in the future

Follow the "best practices" below to protect your computer and your files from a multitude of potential disasters:

  1. Never open an email attachment you weren't expecting.

  2. Never click a link in a message from a sender you don't recognize.

  3. Never respond to any email requesting your password.

  4. Make and keep regular backups of your important files. If possible, keep copies of your files in two locations, and back them up to a third location. For more information, see: http://www.smith.edu/its/tara/smith_network/backup_files.html

  5. Keep your browser and application software as up-to-date as possible with the latest security patches. (Note that the browser you use for BannerWeb and Banner INB may need to remain at a lower version.) To check the status of each web browser you use:

    1. Open the browser you wish to check.

    2. Go to: https://Browsercheck.qualys.com

    3. Click the Launch a quick scan now link.

    4. The system will check to see if your browser, plugins, and related software are all up-to-date.

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