What is Phishing?
Phishing occurs when someone attempts to use electronic communication such as email to fraudulently acquire confidential information such as your password by pretending to be a trusted person or part of a trusted group.
How does phishing work?
Phishing is a form of social engineering, the art of manipulating people into sharing confidential information or performing a desired action. Phishing attacks are commonly transmitted via email and social network sites like Facebook and Twitter.
How will they encourage me to share my information?
Phishers typically present a plausible scenario and often take advantage of the recipient’s fear, greed or lust. They also often present a sense of urgency. Examples include messages that:
- Tell you that your account was misused by you and will be disabled
- Tell you that your account was compromised and will be disabled
- Tell you that your Mailbox has reached its limit and will be disabled
What might the phisher ask for?
- Your password
- Account number, card number, PIN, access code
- Personally identifiable information like your date of birth, Social Security number or address
- Confidential information like student records, financial records or technical information
Signs of a potential phishing attack
If the communication you receive exhibits any of the following, it may be a phishing attack.
- You are asked for confidential information
- You are asked to visit a web page with a suspicious or unexpected address
- You do not recognize the sender or the sender does not normally contact you
- You recognize the sender, but the sender’s email address, alias or name spelling are unusual
- You’re told something negative will occur if you don’t supply the requested information
- The writing style is unusual
How to protect yourself
- Ask yourself whether you should be sharing the information requested
- If the supposed sender is someone or an organization known to you, contact them to discuss the request
- Use a browser that alerts you when you attempt to visit known phishing websites
- Before you click a link, inspect it
- If unsure of a link’s authenticity, use a link you know or find the link via a search engine
New to Albion
The Albion 1Card is the official identification card of Albion College. Issued to all members of the College Community, it is required for identification and access to essential campus services. It also offers a convenient declining balance debit account - Briton Bucks - for making purchases on and around campus.
Albion College has partnered with Google Apps for Education to bring you this commonly used and robust email platform. Email support can be found on the IT site at http://www.albion.edu/student-life/information-technology/support/emails-and-passwords
File Storage Space
Albion College provides file storage space to all faculty, staff, and students that is backed up nightly. Network drive space falls into two categories: Enterprise class storage which is backed up nightly and Commodity class storage which is not backed up. Please see this link for more information http://www.albion.edu/student-life/information-technology/support/networking/2823-computer-and-network-drives
ACIS is an acronym for Albion College Information System. Faculty use this site to post grades while students use it for course registration and checking grades. Students can view financial aid and account information using ACIS.
Office 2010 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac are available for all faculty and staff office machines. They are also available to students at no additional cost through our Microsoft Campus Agreement. Faculty and staff can download the current version of Microsoft Office under our work-at-home licensing agreement. It is available for download on our website at http://www.albion.edu/it/software/176-microsoft-officedownload
Symantec is the anti-virus software we use for campus machines. It is available for student personal computers through our license agreement, but not for faculty and staff personally-owned computers.
Academic Specific Software
Albion has license agreements with numerous different software providers. These agreements vary in their size and scope. If you would like to request academic software or inquire on what we are currently licensed for, please contact
Course Management System
Moodle is the course management system at Albion. To place your syllabus, assignments, or discussion board on the web, complete our online course web request form at http://courses.albion.edu/mod/url/view.php?id=11
No web editing experience needed; it’s that simple!
Instructional Technology offers various types of training from one-on-one, to workshops, and even free online tutorials featuring Atomic Learning (www.atomiclearning.com/login/albion). To schedule one-on-one training, please complete the form linked here (http://www.albion.edu/student-life/information-technology/support/training/2810-one-onone-training). To login to Atomic Learning use your Network Username and Password.
Technology Equipment Rental
Information Technology is happy to offer a wide range of equipment to campus users on a short term basis at no cost. To view what is available to you and complete an online request form, click this link (http://www.albion.edu/student-life/information-technology/reserving-it-equipment/sign-out-form)
Accessing the Wireless Network
Albion offers wireless networking throughout academic spaces and in common areas of residence halls. Please see the link below for more information (http://www.albion.edu/wireless)
Accessing your Voicemail
The user reference guide for using your phone and setting up your voicemail can be found here. http://www.albion.edu/student-life/information-technology/support/user-guides/1164-user-guides-faculty-staff-telephone-and-voicemail
To request door access for students or employees, please email
. Please keep in mind that these requests sometimes take up to a week to complete. Only Vice-Presidents or Department Heads may authorize staff members to have access to areas with key card locks. The policy for authorizations can be seen at: http://www.albion.edu/student-life/information-technology/support/keys-and-authorizations/2877-authorizations
- Enhanced Classrooms: (computer lectern, projector, VCR, DVD, visualizer). To reserve one of these spaces, contact the Kellogg Center campus scheduler at x:0306.
- Portable Media Carts: (computer, projector, VCR, DVD, visualizer)
- Public Computer Labs: (with multiple computer workstations) Located in Olin, Ferguson, and Putnam. To reserve a lab for periodic instruction, please complete the lab reservation form linked here http://www.albion.edu/student-life/information-technology/support/computer-labs/2808-computer-lab-reservation-form
- Ferguson Media Room: (color phaser printers, slide/film scanner, poster printer, and more…) For one-on-one Instructional Technology project assistance and reservations, please email
For assistance with your departmental or personal web pages, please email
For assistance with course related web pages, please email
All members of the college community are invited to share what they are thinking about. Anyone with an albion.edu email address can get started in minutes. Sign up at campus.albion.edu.
The people directory is the easiest way to find contact information for people within the campus community.
Administrative software for Student, Financial Aid, Finance, Human Resources and Development data.
New faculty members receive their Banner and ACIS login credentials from the Registrar at their orientation meeting. Staff receive them by request from their supervisor. Training for Banner can be scheduled by contacting the Help Desk.
Banner reports require both network authentication and a Banner login. Information including budget information can be acquired from these reports.