Breaches of privacy and theft of personal information often begin with a “phishing” email from a spammer, a hacker or other individuals. Such messages will try to trick you into entering your Amherst login information on a non-Amherst login page, thus compromising your account. To prevent this from happening:

  • Refrain from opening a suspicious email, clicking on any links or opening attachments.
  • Report phishing emails to
  • Use the College’s anti-virus software, and change your password frequently.
  • Visit the Information Technology website for more information on how to protect your information:

Download a PDF of the Amherst College Emergency Response Handbook.