Cybersecurity

Don’t Get Hooked: Phishing

Don’t Get Hooked: Phishing

Cybersecurity

Phishing refers to almost any message-based attack where a cyber criminal is sending a message to you pretending to be someone you know. The cyber criminal is hoping you will click on the link or attachment in their email so they can steal your information. Cyber criminals are not just limiting their phishing to emails – they are also using instant messaging and social media posts to tempt people to click on malicious links and attachments. The best way to detect and stop phishing is knowing the phishing indicators so you don’t fall for their scam.

Some common best practices to identify phishing messages are:

  1. Check the email addresses. Is the email from a business but the FROM address is someone’s personal account? If yes, that’s a red flag. Also, check the To and CC fields to make sure they are legitimate email addresses and that you know those people.
  2. Be cautious of emails that use generic salutations like “Dear Customer”.
  3. Look out for grammar and spelling errors.
  4. Be suspicious of any message that requires “immediate action”.
  5. Hover your mouse over any links so you can see the true destination of where it would take you if you clicked on the link. 
  6. Be suspicious of any attachments. Only click on attachments that you are expecting to receive.
  7. If a message sounds too good to be true (such as you won a free trip), then it probably is something you should ignore.
  8. Just because you received a message from a friend does not mean they sent it. If their computer or email account is hacked, then the hacker may send an email to you making it look like it is from your friend. If you receive a suspicious email from a friend or colleague, then call them on the phone to confirm if the email is valid.

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10765 Double R Blvd. Suite 200
Reno, NV 89521
Phone: (775) 850-5620
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Email: info@sfginc.com

 

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Where you want to go in life is up to you. How to help you get there is up to us.

Contact us today to start your journey…

Contact

Schultz Financial Group Inc.
10765 Double R Blvd. Suite 200
Reno, NV 89521
Phone: (775) 850-5620
Fax: (775) 850-5639
Email: info@sfginc.com

Where you want to go in life is up to you. How to help you get there is up to us.

Contact us today to start your journey…

Contact

Schultz Financial Group Inc.
10765 Double R Blvd. Suite 200
Reno, NV 89521
Phone: (775) 850-5620
Fax: (775) 850-5639
Email: info@sfginc.com

 

Design by Social Firm | Design by Refresh Design Services | Copyright © 2019 Schultz Financial Group Inc.

 

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