Important Notice from IT Security

Many people received an e-mail earlier today claiming to be an important Blackboard message. The e-mail had a subject of “Important Message.” or “New Important Message.” and looked like the example below.
bb-emailThe link included in the message was directed to a malicious site that requests your username and password. IT Security has contacted the appropriate parties in order for them to remove the malicious site.

If you still have an e-mail in your inbox with the subject of “Important Message.” or “New Important Message.”, please delete the e-mail.

If you have already visited the site and entered your username and password, please change your password as soon as possible at, by clicking on the IT@Sam menu, then on Account Password Change.

Please contact the Service Desk at or (936) 294-1950 should you have any questions, concerns, or trouble resetting your password.

Suspicious E-mail

We have noticed several inbound e-mails with an attachment of the following format: This attachment name changes with each e-mail received. Our System Administrator team has blocked this e-mail from being delivered moving forward. Please delete the message without opening it if you have received one.

Protect Personal Information with Identity Finder

Identity Finder screenshotIdentity Finder is a tool designed to protect your personal data, such as credit card numbers, passwords, birth date, social security number, bank account numbers and even telephone numbers. It does this by looking for sensitive information on your computer and on our network.

We suggest you take a few moments this semester to run this program. Most of us will be surprised at how much of our personal information is sitting on our office computers, S drive and T drive folders.

Please load the Wizard and follow the instructions on screen. Identity Finder will ask you if you would like to encrypt or shred each file that contains the personal data that you were searching for. If you know you won’t need it again just shred the sensitive data and there will be a lessened risk in case your account is compromised.

Read our guide that further explains Identity Finder