Countdown to Christmas Cyber Security Tip #6

What is Phishing?

Phishing is trying to obtain your information by false means. Appearing to be one thing, such as your bank or a service you use, when in fact they are criminals.

How does it work?

Generally, Cyber criminals will set up a fake website with a log in page and lure you to it with an email. They often use scare tactics to click on links, such as ‘Your account will be locked if you don’t log in’ or ‘There has been unusual activity on your account, please log in to check xyz’ etc.

Although the majority of us know that these type of emails and ploys exist, and more and more filtering software can now stop them reaching your inbox, they are still out there.

They are getting more sophisticated with more believable emails and web pages. They are opportunistic but can easily catch out the savviest of web user on a busy day when they’ve got lots on their mind.

So if you receive an email asking for passwords, details or to follow a link. Don’t.

Instead, call your bank (or whoever they are claiming to be) direct to verify the message. Anything that feels suspicious normally is.

 

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