Protect yourself and the College from security threats by avoiding phishing scams, creating strong passwords, and securing personal and office computers.


Phishing emails are fake emails sent by cybercriminals who are trying to lure confidential information (e.g., passwords, bank account numbers, etc.) from you. It’s important to learn how to recognize phishing emails so that you don’t fall for them.

IMPORTANT: Never click links in a phishing email or give out your Monmouth login credentials (or other confidential information) to anyone who requests it. (No one from Monmouth, including Information Services, will ever ask you for your password or any other confidential information.)

If you receive a phishing email in your Monmouth email, forward it to so that Information Services can examine it and attempt to remove it from other users’ mailboxes.

If you receive a phishing email in your personal email, delete it.


Your Monmouth password protects you, your data and the network. Because of this, it’s important to create a strong password that can’t easily guessed or hacked.

Also, keep your password secret and never give your password to anyone who requests it. No one should ever ask you for your password!

Personal computers

Below are basic steps you can take to protect your computer against viruses, spyware and other internet security threats.

  1. Install and use up-to-date anti-virus software. (Be sure to uninstall any old or outdated anti-virus software before installing new anti-virus software.)
  2. Keep your Windows operating system up-to-date.
  3. Use a personal firewall.

Additional recommendations include:

  • Never open unknown or unexpected email attachments.
  • Don’t click on or open an unknown link or file in an instant message.
  • Don’t click on buttons or links in pop-up windows.
  • Visit only reputable, known web sites.
  • Educate yourself about a program before downloading it.
  • Don’t run your computer as Administrator.
  • Turn off file and print sharing.

Office computers

To keep unauthorized users from accessing office computers, faculty and staff are encouraged to lock their computers when they step away from them and to also use a password-protected screen saver.