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Cyber Security Awareness Month – Week Two

By Daniela Cooper, on 10 October 2023

Week Two: Phishing

The topic for week two is Phishing! I know this feels like a topic that we are always banging on about, but there is a reason for that, it’s such an easy way for an attacker to get in and it’s such an easy thing for us to overlook when we’re feeling tired or overwhelmed with our workload. So at the risk of boring you with a topic you may already be familiar with, please know that we all need a reminder of what to look out for, accidentally clicking on a phishing email could happen to any of us! Oh and don’t forget to enter our week two quiz to win a £25 Amazon voucher.

  • Reporting a scam helps warn others against cyber incidents. Don’t hesitate to call out phishing attempts.
  • Most cyber incidents start with a phish. To stop it, report it. For UCL email accounts please report to phish@ucl.ac.uk.
  • Tips for Spotting a Phishing Attempt:
    • 1) They create a sense of urgency or claim to need help.
    • 2) A promise of reward.
    • 3) Suspicious sender – often the address sending the email will not look right, or might try to mimic a well-known company address, perhaps with a few typos or extra characters. 
    • 4) They ask for personal or financial info.
    • 5) They want you to download a file or click on a link. Don’t take the bait!
  • Think before you click! Phishing emails disguise themselves as harmless messages, but they’re dangerous digital piranhas swimming in your inbox. Stay vigilant, spot the signs, and report suspicious emails. Together, we can stay safe!
  • Don’t get hooked! Phishing emails are sneaky bait trying to reel you in. Learn how to spot and report them.
  • Your inbox is your fortress! Phishing emails try to breach your defenses, but you can outsmart them. Learn the telltale signs of phishing, such as misspellings, suspicious attachments, or urgent requests, and report those fraudulent messages. Protect yourself and others!


Reminder to complete CybSafe training

A quick reminder that if you haven’t completed your CybSafe training, please do so here:


The training can now also be found on InsideUCL: https://app.ucl.ac.uk/InsideUCL/


Week Two Quiz

Be in with a chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher by answering the question below:

Q: For UCL email accounts, what email address should be used for reporting phishing emails?

Please send your entries to isg@ucl.ac.uk with the subject line: CSAM Week Two. The quiz is only open to UCL staff and students who enter using their UCL email address.


For more information on how to protect yourself, your friends and your family see: https://staysafeonline.org

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