Phishing attempts continue to increase as hackers target remote employees

The Office of Information Security (OIS) reminds the TU community to be aware of phishing emails and online ads during this unusual time. Hackers are taking advantage of the global pandemic to increase their phishing attempts, and tricking you into giving up personal information or downloading a malicious attachment. OIS urges the TU community to be #CyberAware by only visiting Towson University’s official website, or trusted official government websites like, for updates on the coronavirus. Don’t fall for it!

How to protect yourself and TU  

  • Pay attention to the [EXTERNAL EMAIL – USE CAUTION] email tag. The tag is intended to remind you to use caution when looking at and responding to emails from an external sender.
  • Think before you act. Be suspicious of unexpected emails requesting an action like logging into a site with your NetID and password, downloading an attachment, or to make strange purchase request.
  • Hover over provided links to reveal the true destination.
  • Report suspicious emails to OIS. Use the “Report Phish” button in Outlook or forward the email to


For more info on recognizing suspicious emails and real life examples, visit If you would like an OIS team member to give an interactive security awareness or phishing Webex presentation to your group or department, submit a TechHelp service request or email

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This post was written by Weldon, Jennifer