Cybersecurity Awareness

ITS-SCS shares cybersecurity videos, security tips, and resources to help you be more secure online. If you have any questions about cybersecurity, please reach out to SCS.

July 2024

QR Code Phishing

Have you ever received an email with a QR code in it? Or seen them out and about on signs or gas pumps? Many restaurants use them on menus now.

As the pandemic has boosted their appeal, QR codes are increasingly exploited by scammers and malicious actors. Scanning these codes can lead users to deceptive web pages that solicit their credentials, potentially resulting in compromised accounts or leaked account information on the dark web. Click the video below to learn more.

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How can you protect your data and CCU?

Here are some steps you can take to protect your data and CCU from phishing email attempts and false QR Codes:

  • Unless you are a former student who is no longer attending CCU, CCU will never tell you that we are shutting down your email in an email or text message.
  • CCU ITS or Student Computing Services will not request your personal, confidential information via email or text. If you have any doubt, please reach out to SCS using the contact details below this notice to confirm the authenticity of a CCU email/text or evaluate other suspicious emails or text messages.
  • Check for typos or misplaced letters within emails and URL links.
  • Never download an app from a QR code. Instead, use your phone’s app store to do so.
  • If you are unsure of a link embedded within a QR code, enter a trusted link into your phone’s browser to research or navigate to the appropriate information.
  • Be sure to check the sender's address with emails that have an invoice notice. Do not rely on the display name in the “From” column within Outlook. Instead, look at the angle brackets (< >) next to the display name to identify the true sender. 
  • You can put your cursor on top of the link (be careful not to click!) and the true path of the link will appear to help you verify it’s a trusted link.
  • You can use tools like https://www.expandurl.net/ to see where the "shortened" URLs go. Phishers love to hide a malicious link in a small, abbreviated link as a common practice.
  • Avoid opening suspicious and unsolicited texts, emails, and documents that you did not ask for or anticipate receiving. Do not download or open unknown attachments.
  • Do not provide your information to an unknown sender.

To report a fraudulent email or concern, contact Student Computing Services at 843-349-2220 or submit an Online Services Request.