Phishing is on the rise at Champlain College!

In the last two weeks, we’ve seen an uptick in “phishing” emails involving Champlain accounts. Therefore, we thought it would be a good time to send out a reminder about phishing and the steps you can take to avoid being a victim of a phishing attack.

Phishing is a type of attack carried out in order to obtain usernames, passwords, credit card information, Social Security Numbers, and other sensitive data by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. Phishing is most often seen on campus in the form of malicious emails pretending to be from credible sources.

Here are some tips to help avoid being a victim of a phishing attack:

  • Be wary of any email message that urgently requests sensitive information
    • Don’t trust any message that asks for password or other sensitive information, or asks you to verify or update your account.
    • Hover over any links in the message (don’t click!), or for a touchscreen, press and hold the link (don’t tap!) to reveal the actual URL. (Look in the bottom left corner of the browser window.) Don’t click on the link unless it goes to a URL you trust.
  • When in doubt, throw it out!
    • If you aren’t sure whether a message is legitimate or not, delete it.
    • If it appears to have come from someone you know, contact them to confirm it.
  • If you think you have been phished…
    • Change your Champlain password immediately using welcome.champlain.edu
    • Contact Champ Support, using the contact information below, for further assistance.
  • Use Google 2-Step Verification
    • Google 2-Step Verification adds another layer of security to your Champlain E-mail account.
    • It’s free, easy to use, and makes your Google account much more secure.
    • Information on how to implement Google 2-Step Verification is available on supportwiki.champlain.edu.

If you have other questions about phishing in general or about a specific message, please contact Champ Support via email (champsupport@champlain.edu) or phone (802-860-2710).