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Cyber Security

There is an increase in the number of e-mail phishing and spoofing scams that target you and our campus network.  Remember, no legitimate organization will ask you to confirm account information or provide your highly confidential passwords by e-mail.  Wake Forest University will never ask for such information by e-mail.  Giving your password does not only affect you; it can result in the blocking of e-mail to and from the entire campus by Time Warner, AOL, etc.  Your compromised account is used to generate huge volumes of spam.  We are often blocked within a few hours.  You may have experienced an inability to send or receive important communications as a result of such events. 

To protect the network and your ability to communicate, Information Systems will disable any Wake Forest computing accounts that show evidence that the owner reacted to such e-mails scams. 

Follow these guidelines to keep your personal information and your campus computing safe and secure:
  • Never respond to e-mails from unrecognized or unsolicited senders.
  • Never open unsolicited attachments.
  • Be very suspicious of links within e-mails as they often link to harmful files.
  • Use a ‘throw-away’ e-mail account from Gmail or Yahoo when a Web site requires one for registration.
  • Never provide personal or financial information on an Internet site unless you are confident that the site is secure and legitimate.
  • Never provide credit card or bank account information in response to unsolicited e-mail messages, regardless of how enticing or plausible the prospects.  Go directly to your bank’s Web site.
If you have questions about Internet scams or suspicious e-mails, please contact the Information Systems Service Desk at or by dialing xHELP (x4357).