As technology becomes increasingly integrated with our daily lives, we are more likely to experience an attempt to steal our data. But there are simple steps we can take to protect ourselves from cybercriminals. Following these tips can help you remain vigilant, keep you and your data safe, and establish good cyber hygiene practices.
Trust your gut. Bad actors employ social engineering practices to get users to reveal their sensitive information.
Warning signs to detect malicious emails
- Unfamiliar greetings. If it appears out of the ordinary, it probably is.
- Grammar and spelling errors.
- Multiple recipients in the “To” field.
- Sender name and email address do not match.
- Discrepancies in links. If the link describes one thing but hovering over the link (without clicking) to view the URL doesn’t appear to match the description, then this could be a malicious link.
- Threats or sense of urgency. Any email that mentions negative consequences due to lack of action should be considered suspicious.
- Unsolicited attachments. If an email with an attachment is received from an unfamiliar source, do not open it.
- Any unusual request. These can be as simple as requesting credentials, payment, or personal information, or even be more involved such as performing tasks in exchange for payment.
If you see something, say something.
If you suspect to have received a phishing email, please do not interact with the message and forward the original email to [email protected].
Use Secure Passwords
- Create strong passwords with special characters and do not recycle them across different platforms.
- Use Multifactor Authentication where possible
Protect your devices
- Turn on automatic updates on your devices and use an antivirus.
- Use common browsers that receive regular updates.
- Protect your device with a pin or password and lock it if left unattended.