February 2016

Phishing Alert | "Recruiting Department"

Posted February 24, 2016

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Students recently received an email claiming to be from the Wheaton College Recruiting Department. The email claims that a job offer is trending and tells the reader to follow a link to read more. This link leads to a page where students are asked to provide personal information.

This email is a phishing attempt. We worked with the site administrators of the fraudulent webpage in the email, and the page has been removed. Thank you to the students who reported this scam.

Spotting Phishing Attempts

Phishing Example

The image above is a screenshot of this phishing attempt. Several things indicate that this email is not what it claims to be:

  1. The email claims to be from "WHEATON COLLEGE," but the actual email address is a Gmail account. Official emails from a Wheaton College address would come from an @wheaton.edu or @my.wheaton.edu account.
  2. The subject line is in all caps and is very non-specific. While subject lines like this don't always indicate a phishing attempt, it's still a sign to be more cautious than usual.
  3. The people who put together this scam included the College logo to seem more legitimate. If a person simply skimmed the email and saw the logo, they might not notice the other warning signs of a scam.
  4. The email is addressed to "Selected Student" and says that the recipient was specifically selected for this job offer. If someone had actually selected a specific person to receive an email, they should also be able to include that person's name.
  5. Numerous grammatical mistakes indicate that this is not the official College email it claims to be.
  6. Check to see if the URL matches the supposed sender. You can often hover over links to see the URL. This email claimed to be from Wheaton College, but the link directed people to a non-Wheaton website.
  7. A legitimate email from any institution should include contact information such as an email address and phone number. If you don't see that, it's often because the sender is only pretending to be affiliated with a company or college.

Always exercise caution when you respond to emails. If you're not sure whether an email is a phishing attempt or not, contact us or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).

Network Updates

Posted February 19, 2016

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Effective Date: February 21, 2016

On February 21 between 5:00 and 6:30 AM, we will perform maintenance on the campus network. During this maintenance, you may experience intermittent disruption of the wired and wireless networks, the phone system, and any wheaton.edu sites.

Key Features and Benefits

This is a standard update that includes fixes for known issues.

Impact on College Community

The campus network, phone system, and wheaton.edu sites may be intermittently unavailable between 5:00 and 6:30 AM on February 21, 2016. You can check the availability of the campus network on our System Status page during this maintenance.

If you have any questions, please contact us or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).

Network Availability During Updates

Posted February 11, 2016

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Effective Date: February 24, 2016

On February 24 between 6:00 and 7:00 AM, we will perform maintenance on the campus network. During this time, the wired and wireless networks will be intermittently unavailable.

Key Benefits and Features

  • Allow for a more reliable connection to the Internet
  • Configure the network to allow more effective status monitoring

Impact on College Community

You may not be able to connect to the campus network between 6:00 and 7:00 AM on February 24, 2016. You can check the availability of the campus network on our System Status page during this maintenance.

If you have any questions, please contact us or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).

Wireless Availability During Maintenance

Posted February 11, 2016

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Effective Date: February 14, 2016

On February 14, between 6 and 7:30 AM, we will perform maintenance on the campus wireless network. During this time, you may not be able to connect to the wireless network.

Key Benefits and Features

This maintenance is to test failsafe measures for the wireless network. These measures would help prevent or minimize future wireless outages.

Impact on College Community

The wireless network may not be available between 6 and 7:30 AM on February 14, 2016. Our System Status page will be updated during this maintenance to reflect the availability of the wireless network.

If you have any questions, please contact us or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).

Banner Self-Service Maintenance

Posted February 5, 2016

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Effective Date: February 5, 2016

We will perform maintenance on the Banner Self-Service portion of the MyWheaton portal, which includes timecards and financial aid information, from February 5 to 9. During this maintenance, you will not be able to access Banner Self-Service from off-campus unless you connect using VPN or EZProxy.

Our System Status page will be regularly updated to reflect the availability of Banner Self-Service.

Instructions

To submit your timecard or access other Banner Self-Service information from off-campus, follow these steps. You will be asked to sign in twice.

  1. Sign in here with your username and password.
  2. Select Enter Secure Area.
  3. Sign in with your username and password.
  4. After signing in, you will be able to access Banner Self-Service as usual. Timecards are located in the section marked Employee.

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