Phishing (and new sign-in background!)

You may have noticed today that IT updated the background image of our Office 365 sign-in screen to a picture of May Hall (Academic Welcome Center).  We are updating our sign-in page images to make the page more difficult for cybercriminals to copy in phishing attempts and to give you a visual that you expect to see before you log in. This update connects well to today’s Cybersecurity Month Tip: Phishing! 

Phishing is the practice of cybercriminals posing as a trusted individual or institution and attempting to fraudulently gather private information. Usually the attacker will try to trick the victim into clicking a link to a counterfeit webpage where they will enter their password, downloading malware, or replying to the email with private information. 

Use these simple tips to determine if a message is a phishing attempt: 

  • Check the sender’s address carefully.  Commonly phishing emails will claim to be from someone you know, like your boss or a senior executive, and really be from someone else. If the "From” name and the "From” email address don’t match, it’s almost always a phishing attempt. 
  • Remember that no one at Stonehill will ever ask you for your password in an email.  This is also true for banks, investment companies and all reputable business.  Never send your password to anyone in an email, no matter what the email says. If you’re unsure, contact the Service Desk. 
  • If you see a link in a suspicious email message, don't click on it. Hover your mouse cursor over the link to see if the address matches the link that was typed in the message. If the address isn’t something you recognize or looks suspicious, don’t click it.  Open a browser and type the legitimate web address in yourself to be certain you are accessing the site in question. Contact the Service Desk if you’re not sure what to do.  

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 508-565-1111 or via e-mail at