Email Phishing - NIU - Division of Information Technology



Information Security

Email Phishing

NIU will never ask you for your account and password information. 

Protect your personal information

  • Don't keep any detailed personal or family information in your stored emails.
  • Don't maintain any personally identifying information such as driver’s license, SSN, passwords, credit card numbers, and date of birth in your emails.
  • Although it is very convenient to use your email account as a file storage system, it is an email and collaboration system. Important business files and confidential documents, when they are done being used in real-time communications, should be archived to storage areas that have better security and control.
  • Don't write your passwords down, don't share your passwords, don't use commonly constructed passwords (pet names, family names, SSN, etc).
  • Don't walk away from your computer while still logged into your email or without locking your screen.
  • Don't use your date of birth or easily obtained information for passwords or password reset questions.

When in doubt, contact the IT Helpdesk.  If you receive a phishing e-mail, please forward it as an attachment to an email addressed to

If you do respond to a request for a password and/or provided account information to someone inadvertently:

  • Change your password to a dissimilar password immediately.  See Building a Better Password.
    • Go to
    • Select Change password
    • Type in your AccountID
    • Select your AccountID
    • Enter your current password
    • Enter your new password twice
  • Notify the IT helpdesk immediately by calling 815-753-8100.
  • If you believe your financial accounts may be compromised, contact your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised.  Watch for suspicious charges to your account.

The first level of information security begins with each user. Safeguard both your own personal information and that of NIU.