Hoaxes, viruses, worms, scams, spam, and phishing, oh, my!

Where to find out about them and what to do

See also Secure computing at Yale

Phishing from the federal government’s website OnGuardOnline.gov
From Yale University:
» Suspect phishing? To verify that you are connected to a legitmate website, type this into your browser address bar:
javascript:alert("The actual URL of this site has been verified as: " + location.protocol + "//" + location.hostname +"/");
» Got an e-mail from the "Yale Email team" or "Yale Webmail team" or "Yale IT Service Desk" asking for netid/password information? Do not reply; go to How to tell if an email message from Yale is legitimate. Check here to see a list of current official ITS e-mail messages.
Yale ITS will NEVER ask you to send information about your account like passwords or other sensitive personal information via email.
Tips for blocking Spam at Yale
You’ve got spam: how to "can" unwanted email from the Federal Trade Commission
Stop spam from ScamBusters
IP address or host name spam tester from Yale University
Information about spam
Hoaxes and scams: first read How urban legends work
From F-Secure: Hoax warnings are typically scare alerts started by malicious people and passed on by innocent users who think they are helping the community by spreading the warning. Do not forward hoax messages.
How to spot a hoax computer virus alert
   and from the same website: Hoaxes, myths, urban legends
Internet ScamBustersTM
Hoax Busters
Snopes urban legends reference page
Virus hoaxes from McAfee
REAL viruses:
Symantic's list of latest virus-related threats
Latest threats from F-Secure
Tips on avoiding computer worms from F-Secure

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