SECURITY AWARENESS TIP OF THE MONTH
While targeted phishing attacks are likely to increase as a result of this breach, it is important that users are always vigilant for phishing attacks and understand how to recognize a phishing attempt and what users can do to protect yourself and minimize the likelihood of getting phished. The tips below will help you stay safe.
How Can I Avoid Becoming a Victim?
If it appears to be a phishing communication, do not respond. Delete it. You can also forward it to the Federal Trade Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Be cautious about all communications you receive including those purported to be from "trusted entities", and be careful when clicking links contained within those messages
- Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails.
- Do not open any attachments contained in suspicious emails.
- Do not respond to an email requesting personal information or that ask you to “verify your information” or to “confirm your user-id and password”.
- Beware emails that reference any consequences should you not ‘verify your information’.
- Do not enter personal information in a pop-up screen. Providing such information may compromise your identity and increase the odds of identity theft.