Security Tip: Phishing

April 25, 2017



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In our last blog, we discussed what #phishing is. Now let’s discuss how to avoid #phishing scams.  

 

Signal of phishing activity

  1. Most organizations will not request you to reply with your password, full Social Security Number, or confidential personal information. Be VERY suspicious of emails requesting this information.  
  2. Do not click links in any suspicious emails. Even if they are not asking for information, by clicking a link you may be installing malware or opening up your system to malicious activity (like disabling antivirus or your system firewall).  
  3. Never hesitate to ask if something does not look right. Do not get hooked by a #phishing email. 

 

How to respond to #phishing attacks 

  1. Report the attack to the company that is being spoofed. 
  2. Be very cautious about opening attachments. 
  3. Install and update anti-virus and firewall programs.
  4. Check financial and credit reports regularly to ensure you are not the victim of identity theft. 
  5. Protect your personal information.  

 

If you fell for a #phishing attack 

  1. Change your password and/or credentials immediately. 
  2. Notify your financial institution, if financial data was disclosed. 
  3. Invest in a credit monitoring service. 
  4. If you feel that your personal safety is in jeopardy, notify local law enforcement.  
  5. More information on phishing can be found at https://kb.iu.edu/d/arsf