Phishing is the nasty practice of sending emails that look like they come from a reputable source to trick you into providing your account details. In fact this type of hacking is very topical as it is thought to be how hackers allegedly hacked the Democratic Party’s email accounts in the 2016 USA elections, among other high-profile cases. Thankfully the following easy precautions should keep you safe from such attacks.
4 Tips for Staying Safe from Phishing Attacks
Beware of Attachments: Never open an email attachment that you were not expecting without confirming with the sender that the attachment is genuine and safe. Preferably confirm with the sender in a mode other than email. Yes, how old-school! You may have to talk to another human being!
Be Careful of Links: Likewise never click on a link (including buttons) in an email from any individual or business that you were not expecting without confirming with the sender that the link is genuine and safe.
Type The URL: Beware of unexpected emails from businesses and institutions that ask you to follow a link or button to their website. These emails can look very professional and identical to the branding of the business they purport to be. Instead, it’s much safer to go to your browser and type in the web address of the business directly. That way you’re sure that you’re on the actual business’ website and not a convincing fake.
Avoid Forms in Emails: Never submit personal information via a form in an email. Instead contact the sender directly.
So there you have it. It’s just common sense really. But, as we all know, common sense can be surprisingly uncommon, especially when we’re busy and distracted. I’ve been there too! I hope you find these tips useful. Do you have any thoughts or questions about this or other tech topics? If so, do get in touch.