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Tips to spot a phishing scam

Can you imagine the headache you’d have if a hacker got access to your social media, banking, dating, or email login details? But you wouldn’t just hand this kind of information over to a stranger would you?

Hmm, here are some basic tips to spotting a scam.

Consider these before opening an email that you weren’t expecting to receive.

  • Is the spelling and grammar in the message correct?
  • Does the link and the text match (hover your mouse over the link and you’ll see where it really goes).
  • Does the email urge you to take immediate action?
  • Does the email address of the sender look reasonable given the content of the email?
  • Look at the salutation (does it say ‘Dear Customer’)?
  • Look at the signature, a lack of details or how you can contact the company suggests phishing.
  • Are you even expecting an email from that sender?
  • Is the message asking you to do something unusual? (eg. buy iTunes cards).

Together we can make a difference, but what should you do next?

If you think it’s a phishing email or spam:

If the message is plausible:

  • go to the website of the service, or bank yourself (don’t click that link in the email), then log in and see if you have any messages
  • if it’s someone sharing a file or similar with you, contact the person (in a new email not by using ‘reply’) and ask them.

If you’re not be sure, treat it with caution and report it

It it amazing what hackers can do with access to your device, they get access to EVERYTHING you do on that device which can take a massive toll on you individually and damage your relationships.

  • You could lose access to your banking and social media accounts.
  • You could find all your data has been deleted or encrypted and held for ransom.
  • Your identity could be stolen,
    • loans and credit cards may be opened in your name.
    • unauthorised purchases may be billed to you.
  • You may become a victim of tax fraud.
  • You may be locked out of apps and web-based services, forever!! (Losing family photos, thesis papers etc).
  • Your electronic devices may be used as a tool of cyber-crime (sending spam or spreading malware).

See more about cyber security at UC>

Take a therapy break at Rehua

Therapy Café opens on Monday 18 March in Rehua building. The café will be open 7.30am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Grab a coffee and a sweet or savoury treat to enjoy, or choose something off the menu offering breakfast and lunch options. While you are there explore the newly refurbished Rehua building and relax in one of the social spaces. It is a great place to meet friends and colleagues, and as summer draws to a close Rehua will be a great place to enjoy some natural daylight out of the cold.

Take care around James Logie building

From Monday 11 March there will be increased truck movements around James Logie building. Take care when you are in the area, follow directions on signage and use dedicated footpaths. With increased truck movements in the area it is also important not to stop your car in front of site gates to drop off and pick up others.

All trucks moving in and out of the site will have a spotter on foot, but you still need to take care in the area and be aware of your surroundings.

Think first. Kia mataara.

UCGo is here! Download it now

UCGo is here! Our new mobile app will help students organise and manage their day-to-day study by bringing together tools they use every day such as LEARN, student email and their individual timetables.

Download the app and log in using your staff login details. Staff will be able to access information including student support services and security on campus, as well as RecCentre class timetables, campus maps, key UC dates and student notices. Come along to one of the staff briefings today (Monday 11 March) and find out more:

Briefing 1: 11.30am, Te Moana-Copper Top, Rehua.
Briefing 2: 2.00pm, Te Moana-Copper Top, Rehua.

UCGo is free and available in both the iTunes App Store and Google Play now – simply search UCGo. Find out more about the app and see answers to frequently asked questions here>

UCGo functions include:

  • Library – see open hours and look for journal articles, books and more.
  • Campus safety – how to contact UC Security and report a hazard or emergency
  • Student notices
  • Student support – support services available on campus
  • RecCentre – access open hours and group fitness timetables
  • Campus maps – find your way around campus
  • Key UC dates
  • Push notifications will only be sent during campus-wide emergencies
  • My timetable
  • LEARN
  • Student email

If you have any feedback on the app please leave a comment below or email communications@canterbury.ac.nz

UCGo is on the way

UCGo, a new mobile app that will make life easier for students studying at UC, is coming soon.

The app will help students to organise and manage their day-to-day study. UCGo will give students access to things like their student email, LEARN and class timetable on their mobile phones so they can easily access essential information while they’re on the go.

Students will also be able to use the app to do things like check what classes are on at the RecCentre, find out about support services on campus, and access notices and information posted on the student blog. 

UCGo functions include:

  • My timetable
  • LEARN
  • Student email
  • Library
  • Security
  • Notices
  • Student support on campus
  • RecCentre
  • Campus maps
  • Push notifications for use in emergencies.

UCGo will be available from the App Store and Google Play soon.

Two briefings for staff will be held before UCGo is launched and we encourage all staff who work closely with students to come along, grab a t-shirt and wear it during launch week. At the briefing you will be given an overview of the app and its functionality, and get your questions answered by the project team. Two calendar invites will be sent to you soon, please choose one to attend.