Attackers can send phishing emails to your computer, smart phone or office phone. They can be emails or texts.
What a phishing email/text may look like:
- The message conveys a sense of urgency.
- The caller may have names of other employees and pretend to know you – be aware of the caller’s requests.
- There may be an attachment that looks legitimate. (Invoice from a known company.)
- Asking you to confirm personal information or passwords.
- A “CLICK HERE!” to claim your prize.
- Watch out for
- Bad grammar and misspelled words
- Graphics or company logos that are just off a bit
Here are some short and sweet ways to stay safe:
- Set your computer and smart phones to update automatically – DON’T put off security updates and patches!
- Use multi-factor authentication whenever possible.
- Regularly back-up your data.
- Don’t open unexpected attachments – call the sender to confirm if you are suspicious or did request the attachment.
- NEVER provide personal information or passwords to callers or emails.
- Check the senders email address – make sure it is the correct address (watch out for minor differences!)
What to do if you think you have been phished:
- Contact your IT Team.
- Change passwords if you have been compromised.