Phishing 101

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Email is an indispensable part or our everyday activities. It is also one of the most common methods that cyber criminals use to attempt to gain access to our personal information. In a recent report from PhishMe, they concluded that “91% of cyber attacks start with a Phish.”  The leading reasons people are deceived by phishing emails include threats (13.4%), and urgency (13.2%), followed by a reward, entertainment, and opportunity.

Phishing scams always have hidden motives including targeting your cash and credit card data and or attaining control of your computer and network resources.

Phishing scams are most always fraudulent email messages appearing to come from legitimate enterprises (e.g., NetFlix, your Internet service provider, your bank). The goal of the email is to direct you to a phony web page generated by a sense of urgency and raising strong emotions, like fear or opportunity to request personal information.

What does a phishing email message look like?

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As seen in the examples above phishing emails usually contains both bad spelling and grammar. Additionally, there is always a link. Never click on a link in a suspicious email. Links can deliver file attachments that can infect your computer with harmful software. Instead, hover over the link with your mouse to see if the email address matches the link that was typed in the message.

Just a reminder, legitimate companies, and organizations will never ask for passwords, social security numbers, and other personal information via email.

Be aware of phishing. Don’t take the bait. 

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Stop. Think. Connect.

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