We have received reports recently of an increase in the amount of SPAM that users have been receiving on a daily basis. This issue has been brought to the UIC Security group, and they have reassured us that they are doing all that they can to combat the flow of SPAM. They have also noted that the UIC campus as a whole has seen an increase in SPAM, and they are working diligently to decrease those numbers.

Is there anything that you can do to reduce spam and better protect yourself?

Yes, you can go to https://emailfilters.accc.uic.edu/ and login with you NetID and Password. From there you can access your SPAM settings by clicking the link that says ANTI-SPAM Settings/Filter. From this site you can personalize your SPAM setting to be more or less aggressive, and even White-List email addresses of people you may do business with on a regular basis.

What should I do if I receive a suspicious email?

If you are receiving SPAM just delete it for now, or mark it as Junk Mail in Outlook. Outlook will then block that email from hitting your inbox from then on. In the case of suspicious email that are asking you for personal information, please contact the help desk or you can forward that mail to CIS-Security@uic.edu for us to investigate. If you think you have received a virus please contact the Help Desk as soon as possible.

If you receive an email from a Staff member asking you to make a purchase, or provide Network or Personal information, check the email address. Many times an attacker will have official looking information but will be using a non-UIC email. If there is any doubt, always check with a staff member verbally before proceeding.
You are always welcome, and encouraged, to contact your helpdesk if you have any questions.