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Take Online Precautions During the Holiday Season

December 10, 2017

Mason faculty, staff, and students are reminded that cybercriminals increase phishing attempts to steal usernames and passwords during the holiday season.

Information Technology Services (ITS) encourages the following precautions:

Be vigilant
Examine email contents carefully. Fraudulent emails often have misspelled words, improper grammar, and requests for passwords or immediate action. Also, make sure the link matches the URL.
Check a link
Hover your mouse over the top of the link to see if the addresses match. If it is not a match, the link is likely malicious.

Turn off non-essential devices
Before leaving for winter break, turn off non-essential devices, including computers, servers, printers and monitors.

For questions or concerns, contact the ITS Support Center at or 703-993-8870.