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Hackers are sophisticated and work hard to “trick” you into sharing your information. They can build identical “spoof” sites for your login information, write compelling emails, take over your parent’s email address, etc. Stay vigilant and protect yourself online.

Be suspicious of links

Before you click any link online or in an email, hover or roll over your mouse over the link and reveal the true URL destination. Be sure the final URL destination matches where you think it should. Never click on links that don’t match up.

Don’t share information

If you are not sure you are in the right place or talking to the person you think you should be, do not enter your login information, account numbers, personal information, etc.

Avoid hackers who can spy on your activity or record your keystrokes to gain access to your account. Check sensitive information over a secure connection and on your own private device.

Stay Aware

An easy way to keep your information secure online is to visit the source yourself. Type the URL directly into your browser’s web address bar before you visit a web site and enter your credentials.

UAB has 2-factor authentication to add an additional layer of security. You can enable 2-factor authentication with many other online platforms, and UAB offers free antivirus software to protect you from viruses and other malware, including spyware.

If in doubt, toss it out

If you’re ever unsure about an email or web site, don’t click any links or download any attachments. Forward the email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re on your UAB email, or delete it. Learn more about phishing scams and stay cyber aware.