Internet Safety

What is phishing?

A hacker sends thousands of fraudulent emails, hoping a few will click on attached links, pictures or documents, this enables them to capture sensitive information or install malicious software. Most of the time the emails appear to come from valid or known sources.

Here are some things to look for:

Sender name or known company brand

Always check who the email is coming from. You can do this by clicking the small down arrow next to the sender’s name.

Impersonal message greeting

The greeting may appear very general, non-personal

Grammatical errors

Very often malicious emails contain one or more obvious grammatical errors.

May contain scare tactics

Look out for words that say things like “past due” or “pay now”.

Request for sensitive information

Watch for statements asking for items like bank account info or social security digits

Malicious attachments/downloads

Do not click on attachments when you are unsure of why someone was sending something to you. These items may contain items that can search your computer or capture what you are typing.

Spoofed links and websites

Do not click on links to websites when you are not expecting something from the sender. If you hover over a link, you can view the actual URL web address in the bottom left corner of the browser window.

Follow the A-B-C-D Principles:

Always be suspicious

- Look out for unsolicited communication from people or businesses

Beware of attachments

- Careful not to click on attachments from people you are not expecting something from

Contact the sender

- Call the originator of the message to verify the legitimacy

Don’t continue!

- If your gut is telling you something, STOP, and ask your IT Department