Phishing: Pause Before You Click

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Although not a new phenomenon, phishing (attempting to obtain sensitive information or money by masquerading as a trustworthy entity via email) is more common than you might think. Phishing continues to be a pervasive cybersecurity issue in an online environment in which over 205 billion emails are sent daily. Many phishing attempts succeed by appearing to be legitimate emails that come from a “trusted” source, and by containing content with a sense of urgency that persuades the recipient to click on a malicious link, download an attachment, or share personal information. A successful phishing attack can cause major financial disruption for an organization or the loss of sensitive company data.  

To avoid experiencing the ramifications of a phishing attack yourself, always be sure to take a moment and pause before you click on anything in an email. Taking time to examine the content of an email can save you and your organization a serious headache. A few extra tips: 

  • Never send personal information or financial details via email
  • If you know the site you want to visit (especially true for financial institutions), visit it directly by typing it into the address bar
  • Only open email attachments that you expect to receive
  • Make sure your antivirus and other computer applications are up-to-date
  • If an email looks suspicious, call the sender and confirm its content

 For more information about phishing, check out this Cyber Security Minute.

This entry was posted in Phishing on December 05, 2016 by Kimberly K
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