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Spam & Phishing

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Cybercriminals have become quite savvy in their attempts to lure people in and get you to click on a link or open an attachment.
 
The email they send can look just like it comes from a financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency or any other service or business.
 
It often urges you to act quickly, because your account has been compromised, your order cannot be fulfilled or another matter.
 
If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it with these steps:
Contact the company directly
Contact the company using information provided on an account statement or back of a credit card.
Search for the company online – but not with information provided in the email.
 
Spam
Spam is the electronic equivalent of junk mail. The term refers to unsolicited, bulk – and often unwanted – email.
Here are ways to reduce spam:
 
–Enable filters on your email programs: Most ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and email providers offer spam filters. However, depending on the level you set, you may wind up blocking emails you want. It’s a good idea to occasionally check your junk folder to ensure the filters are working properly.
 
–Report spam: Most email clients offer ways to mark an email as spam or report instances of spam. Reporting spam will also help to prevent the messages from being directly delivered to your inbox.
 
–Own your online presence: Consider hiding your email address from online profiles and social networking sites or only allowing certain people to view your personal information.
 
Phishing
Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites (clicking on a link) to collect personal and financial information or infect your machine with malware and viruses.
 
Spear Phishing
Spear phishing is highly specialized attacks against a specific target or small group of targets to collect information or gain access to systems.
For example, a cybercriminal may launch a spear phishing attack against a business to gain credentials to access a list of customers. From that attack, they may launch a phishing attack against the customers of the business. Since they have gained access to the network, the email they send may look even more authentic and because the recipient is already customer of the business, the email may more easily make it through filters and the recipient maybe more likely to open the email.
 
The cybercriminal can use even more devious social engineering efforts such as indicating there is an important technical update or new lower pricing to lure people.
 
Spam & Phishing on Social Networks
Spam, phishing and other scams aren’t limited to just email. They’re also prevalent on social networking sites. The same rules apply on social networks: When in doubt, throw it out. This rule applies to links in online ads, status updates, tweets and other posts.

 
 
Check out the “StaySafeOnline.org” website– there is an abundance of information to “Stay Safe Online”
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