Phishing but not for FISH

Phishing should be a well known and understood problem. Though it’s still an effective technique for either gaining access to someone’s computer or stealing their credentials. The majority of phishing emails are designed to look like replicas of the real thing. Cybercriminals will use emails that supposedly come from such companies as Apple, Amazon, Ebay, PayPal, or any one of a number of banks.u00a0u00a0

How it Works

The person sending the phishing email is counting on you being too busy or not concerned enough that you don’t take a good look at the email address and decide its fake. We always caution people not to jump off that ledge. Wait, read the email thoroughly and then take a hard look at the sender information and be hypercritical of the grammar and spelling in the email. Although that’s not nearly as good of a means of detection these days, it still works. You can be assured that if you look at the real from: email address, you’ll spot it as not real. On mobile, the trick that they use against you is pushing the domain off the right had side of the screen so you can’t immediately see that it’s a fake domain.u00a0

Cybercriminals know that teach people to look at the from email address. You can and should also look at links embedded in the email. Don’t click them; just look. Another good verification technique is to either reach out to the send (especially if they claim they know you or they need a big check from you) or open the website directly in the browser and do not click the link.u00a0

Lastly, if you think you’ve been compromised due to a phishing, power cycle your device (that is turn it off and then back on again). Once you’ve done that, you need to start changing your most critical passwords. You should also monitor your most important credit and bank accounts as a matter of precaution.u00a0u00a0

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