Here are five quick tips for protecting yourself from phishing attacks.
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Make sure your firewall and antivirus software are updated regularly and working properly. Although it can’t guarantee complete protection, updated security software and firewall protection is the first line of defence.
When you open a website where you can be asked to provide a username and password or any other sensitive information, make sure that the website is using a secure HTTPS connection. Your browser will indicate an HTTPS connection with a green lock icon that is displayed before the URL.
If you’re about to click on a link inside of an email, you have to be absolutely certain who the email is coming from. In case you want to test the link, you can open a new browser window in incognito mode and type in the URL instead of clicking on the suspicious link.
Don’t interact with attachments, unless you are expecting them and know what they contain. They might infect your system with viruses and malware that can damage the files on your computer, steal your passwords or spy on you without your knowledge.
You can resolve your concerns about a suspicious message by talking to someone at the organization that has probably sent it. In this case you’d rather use a phone number you have on file or that appears on multiple reputable online sources, than the contact details from the email.