Phishing - What is it and how to avoid it!

'Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies and or people in order to convince individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords, usernames and credit card numbers, in short Phishing is a form of online fraud. 

Typically Phishing emails will claim to be from IT Services, another office within the organisation, a reputable business that you may have dealt with or even a colleague.  Phishing meassages will use terms such as "confirm" "validate" "follow the link" "update"  -  note that IT Services in Maynooth University will never ask staff or students to do any of these things.  If you receive a mail requesting any information in relation to your account "do not action".

Steps to report an email as spam/phishing using your Office365 Account:

Login to your Office 365 email account using portal.office.com, log in with your credentials,
find and click on the phishing message that you have received, click the down arrow next to Junk, and then click Phishing, see diagram below.
​This action will report the mail directly to MicroSoft who will block the message.