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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Advisory Classic - Logging on to University Google resources

Note: This is an updated reminder of what logging into Google resources should look like (May, 2017). You may have been directed here after receiving a test phishing message.

From time to time, you will see phishing schemes that claim to be a Google Doc. Most recently, many have received a scam letter titled "I've shared an item with you." The "google link" in the email doesn't go to Google, of course - and it may present a login that looks like this:

Currently, a REAL Google login should look like this:

Current Google App Login (May 2017)
Current Google App Login (May 2017)

But, be careful. Looking like this is not enough.

(PLEASE note - if you are  already logged in to gmail, following a link to a google doc should NOT present you with a login - you're already logged in.)


  1. You ARE prompted to login to a resource for the University, 
  2. AND you receive the Google prompt,
  3. DO NOT enter your password.
  4. Just present your email address, e.g. internet-id@umn.edu
Like this:
Logging into Google with an @umn.edu account
Logging into Google with an @umn.edu account

If it's legitimate, you may next see:
(You'll see this if Google thinks you have two versions of NAME@umn,edu, Choose "Organizational")
You'll be sent to the U's authentication system where you will do your real Internet ID + Password login on this screen: 

Remember, if legitimate, THIS login page will be hosted at an address that ends in "umn.edu." If it isn't, it is unlikely to be a real login page and you should report it to phishing@umn.edu.

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