University Technology Services is implementing a new feature in the email system that should make emails from external senders easier to recognize. Starting Monday, November 25, a message will be prepended to the body of all incoming email from external senders.
The message reads: “[External]: This email originated from outside of California University of Pennsylvania.”
This message is designed as a subtle reminder to always use caution when opening emails from unknown or external senders. Emails from official university systems will not contain this disclaimer. Be wary of any emails that appear to come from systems at Cal U but have this disclaimer attached.
Adding this disclaimer is part of an effort to combat spam and phishing emails. Each semester, many students, faculty, and staff respond to spam and phishing emails compromising their account security. This message should be a constant reminder not to share your password with anyone for any reason. University Technology Services will never ask for your password.
It’s important to note that an email message with this warning does not necessarily mean the email is malicious - only that the recipient should take caution before clicking any links or attachments included within the email. The [External] tag means you need to stop and think about this email:
Note: The above tips are good practices to follow on any email message – both external and internal.
If you have any questions, please contact the University Technology Services Helpdesk by emailing email@example.com or calling 724-938-5911.