Please Pause Before You Click

Date: January 19, 2022

Of the many worries that I have the gift of carrying, one is computer security. In my discussion with FDS yesterday, we talked about “phishing attempts.” Apparently, in a test over the last two weeks, 20% of our community clicked on a “suspicious” link. Fortunately, this was only a test. If it had been a cyber attack, then we would have had a problem.

It is a strange truth of our moment: computer security partly depends our careful opening of emails. Those who want to do us harm are very imaginative. Sometimes their attacks are disguised as an attractive offer, sometimes as a concern about the security of our account, and sometimes as a link to something funny.

They will always be difficult to identify. So, please, just pause.

As you open an email, pause and take a closer look before you click. A click is so easy. But it can also be so dangerous. Our system is only as safe as its users. Please play your part.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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