Do You Know What Phishing Is and How To Protect Yourslef?

Phishing is when a scammer uses fraudulent emails or texts, or copycat websites to get you to share valuable personal information – such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use your information to steal your money or your identity or both. cammers also use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network then they install programs like ransomeware that can lock you out of important files on your computer. Ransomeware  is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. 

Here is how to protect yourself from phishing scams: 

1. Be cautious about opening attachments or clicking on links in emails, even from family and friends. 

2. Do your own typing.  Don't click on links. Use your favorite search engine to get to websites. 

3. Make the call if you’re not sure. Do not respond to any emails that request personal or financial information. Phishers use pressure tactics and prey on fear. If you think a company, friend or family member really does need personal information from you, pick up the phone and call them yourself using the number on their website or in your address book, not the one in the email.

4/ Turn on two-factor authentication. For accounts that support it, two-factor authentication requires both your password and an additional piece of information to log in to your account. The second piece could be a code sent to your phone, or a random number generated by an app or a token. This protects your account even if your password is compromised.

5. Back up your files to an external hard drive or cloud storage. Back up your files regularly to protect yourself against viruses or a ransomware attack.

6. Keep your security up to date. Use security software you trust, and make sure you set it to update automatically.


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