Week 1 of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October 2020 is the 17th year of organizations promoting National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to help their users be safer and more secure online.
This article is from the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 series.
Phishing attacks come in many forms
Review these examples and think about whether you would be suspicious.
Phishing attacks come at any time
We lead busy lives. Scammers know that people are most vulnerable when they are distracted. If you get an urgent message alerting you that your account has been compromised in the middle of class or while walking to your car, will you examine it closely or just react?
Phishing emails are successful when we glance over them and take action without much thought. Whether it is downloading a file to learn more, clicking a link reset your password, or replying to find out more about a job offer, the result the is same. When you only react, you are caught.
Phishing attacks can stop with YOU
The greatest defense against a phisher is an informed user. Follow this guidance and Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart!
- Think before you act. Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.
- Take time to verify. If you receive a suspicious email that appears to be from someone you know, reach out to that person directly through a different method. If the email comes from an organization but still looks “phishy,” reach out to them via customer service to verify the communication.
- Be wary of clicking on links. Avoid clicking on hyperlinks in emails before hovering over links to see what site the link is sending you to.
- Ask for a review. When you forward an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will be able to review it for legitimacy.