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Be cyberaware during the holiday period

The time has come for everyone to take a well-deserved break and spend time with friends and family. From 22 December until 2 January Information Technology offices will be closed and no user support will be provided.

However, just because we're on holiday it doesn't mean fraudsters, opportunists and cybercriminals will also take a break. On the contrary, this is the ideal time for them to scam you out of your hard-earned money.

We'd like to remind you to be especially vigilant over the holiday season by following these guidelines when receiving emails or conducting online transactions:

  • We will never ask for your username and password. Don't divulge your username and/or password if being asked via email. By doing this, you are giving someone access to all your confidential SU information, including salary details.
  • Do not click on any attachments, even if the address is a sun email address. If you are unsure, contact the person first to confirm.
  • Do not click on a website address given in an email. Rather go to your browser and type the correct address in the address bar.
  • Never conduct any transactions on a public, unprotected WiFi connection.
  • If you are unsure of the legitimacy of an email, contact the institution or person it was sent from directly by phone to confirm.

For further assistance email or call our Service Desk at 808 4367. More information on cybersecurity can be found on our blog and Twitter account.