College Email Accounts
Hanover College provides students and employees with a designated @hanover.edu email address. These accounts will follow a student after graduation.
Since the college provides email through Microsoft, products such as Outlook will naturally integrate features the best. You can download the Outlook app on Android and iOS devices for mobile use, or you can download Outlook for desktop through your Office 365 account. Also, you can always access your email online at mail.hanover.edu.
It is important to remember that as the primary user, you are the best defense against fraudulent emails. It is vital to educate yourselves on the schemes and tactics used by scammers who would attempt to steal your information. Check the tips below anytime you suspect an email may not be legit.
One of the number one scams comes in the form of a legitimate-looking email from a school, bank, social network or other institution. Scammers will create very convincing looking fakes and may even add pictures or words belonging to that institution. They will create a convincing story saying things like:
- they've noticed suspicious activity on your account
- claim there's a problem with your account or payment information
- say you need to confirm something
- send you a fake invoice
- want you to click on a link to do something
- offer free items or coupons if you do something
Another method involves using scare tactics to try and coerce you into giving something up to the scammer. These emails often come in the form of blackmail or threats such as revealing embarrassing information about you that a "hacker" claims to have gotten off of your device. Often times these emails have an urgent tone such as "do this within 24 hours or I will show everyone what you did." It is important that you do not respond to these emails or try and communicate with the sender. The best thing to do is call campus safety and let them know if any imminent threats to your wellbeing have been made, and then come into IT so we can verify the email and assess the situation.
How can I protect myself from Email Threats?
Avoid the Hook
lookup the website or phone number for the company/person contacting you (use an official document from that institution for reference or perform a web search to verify the phone number in case a fake number is given in the email) and verify whether your information is actually needed or not.
Look for Tip-offs
- Do you have an account with the company?
- Is the message missing your name, or does it use bad grammar and spelling?
- Is the email asking for personal information, including passwords?
- Keep your computer and software up to date
- consider using multifactor authentication
- change any compromised passwords immediately if you think you've been phished
Check the federal trade commission website for more information on how to avoid phishing scams.