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Can you spot a fake URL? Here’s what you need to know

A computer can be hacked or infected without you even knowing. Hackers are becoming smarter every day and developing different ways of infiltrating our computer systems. Hackers can gain unauthorized access, disrupt services like Netflix, Blackboard or email, and even steal and sell your identity, all by gaining access to your TU login information.

You can help protect the campus by avoiding fake URLs that hackers use to steal your credentials. Look for these three items before entering your TU username and password:

  • A padlock: Confirm this icon appears in the URL bar
  • “S” after http. Make sure the URL starts with: https://, not http://
  • towson.edu. Ensure you’re logging into a legit TU service when you see this written out before the third forward slash mark. It might be followed by other characters, and that’s ok. An example is the MyTU login page, inside.towson.edu, where the URL is spelled out as https://inside.towson.edu/mytu/myTU.cfm.

Don’t give out your password, and update it frequently using TU’s password guidelines.
If you’ve received a suspicious email, forward it to phishing@towson.edu.


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