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TLU Social Media & Links

Not sure how to find TLU on your favorite social media platform? Here are some quick links you can use to follow TLU and keep up with the latest news and blog posts on tlu.edu.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/txlutheran

Twitter: twitter.com/txlutheran

Instagram: www.instagram.com/txlutheran/

YouTube: www.youtube.com/TXLutheran

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/txlutheran/

TLU News & Stories: www.tlu.edu/news

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Cyber-Security Reminders

The online e-mail phishing  and spear-phishing scams have been increasing in frequency as the semester ends. The two favorite scams are to spoof e-mails from department directors (or even the VPAA, or CTO, or President's office) to direct reports asking for a "favor". The scam is to try and get you to either purchase gift cards or some other financial related transaction as the "favor". The other scam is to offer a "job" and pay you to attach an advertisement to your vehicle and drive around town with it. Both are bogus.

To help combat these spoofs, Information Technology has activated a feature in our Microsoft e-mail to alert you if an e-mail message you get originated outside of TLU. An example is below. While not foolproof, it is intended as another tool to help TLU faculty/staff and students stay vigilant. Keep in mind that an e-mail that does not have this warning is not 100% safe either but at least it should help filter the ones that try to fake it.

 

CAUTION: This email originated from outside of the organization. Do not click links or open attachments unless you recognize the sender and know the content is safe

 

What to do:

 

  • If you get an obvious scam the easiest thing to do is delete it.
  • If you get a blackmail e-mail – do not reply. Delete it or send to ishelp@tlu.edu if you are concerned. We will report the abuse to the domain site and if need be contact law enforcement.
  • If you get an e-mail that lists a password that you have used before, make sure that the password listed is not one you are using anywhere. If you are, change it to be safe.
  • Do not use the same password for both personal accounts and TLU credentials. Make it harder for a hacker to gain access to all of your data.
  • If you get an e-mail from someone you know that seems out of character, question it. Rather than reply (since that will go to the scammer), send a new message to the person asking them if it was legitimate. We have seen a lot of spoofed messages that were not really sent by the sender listed.

 

Finally, as a reminder, TLU IT will never ask you for your password over e-mail or by clicking any link or to renew or activate anything via an email link. So if you get an e-mail asking for that , no matter how official looking it is, it is a scam. Thanks for staying vigilant and helping keep TLU secure!