Whoops…You just got phished!

Fortunately, this was an authorized training simulation no information was saved or collected. If it had been a real phishing attempt, your online safety could have been compromised. Opening and reading email is fine, but clicking on malicious links or attachments could cause you harm.

Common clues of a phishing attack

How to avoid malicious links

Before you click on a link, hover over it with your mouse cursor and observe its true destination. Confirm that the destination displayed is what your expected and that it is going to the organization’s legitimate website.

To be extra safe, don’t click the link at all and manually type the destination into your browser. For example, if you get an email from your bank asking you to update your bank account, ignore the link in the email and instead type your bank’s website address into your browser.

On a mobile device? No problem. Simply hold your finger down on the link, you should see the true destination appear in a pop-up window.

Please direct questions related to this information to the IT Services Help Desk at 320-363-2228 or email [email protected].