Thursday, October 11, 2012

Avoid Phishing and save your data

Dear All,

Phishing: one of a cyber criminal's favourite tricks

As email became a tool for managing relationships with our employers, banks, stores, social networks and more, it also became a tool for criminals to gain access to our resources. Every day, flurries of criminal emails attempt to get people to disclose personal information like their passwords or credit card numbers - a process called phishing.

STOP! Think about the email you receive before you act on it

Before replying to an email, opening an attachment, or clicking a link in an email, consider the legitimacy of the email.  

Ask set of questions from yourself-:

Was the message expected?

Does it request a password or other personal information from you?

Can you verify the message with the person or group it claims to have been sent from? Does the link or address that appears when replying seem unusual?

Think about the consequences of replying

If an email message requests information or asks you to take an action, consider the potential consequences. Revealing your password to another person would allow them to access your email and potentially can damage integrity. It could also lead to temporarily losing access to your email account . Do not provide your username and password, bank account information, credit card numbers or other sensitive information in an email reply or to a website linked from an email message. If you receive a phishing message, just delete it.

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