October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which makes it a perfect time to focus on one of the most prevalent types of cybercrime: phishing. Phishing is when cybercriminals send fraudulent but genuine-looking emails to entice victims to provide personal information such as passwords or credit card information.
You can easily be lured into a false sense of security when receiving a phishing email. These emails often contain familiar logos and headers or come from what seems to be a familiar contact, all with the end goal of trying to trick you into clicking a bad link or convincing you to enter information that could compromise your identity. Here are 10 tips to avoid getting hooked.
You can find more tips from the United States Federal Trade Commission at OnGuardOnline.gov. And if you receive an email that smells "phishy," you can report it to organizations such as The Anti-Phishing Working Group (firstname.lastname@example.org), which utilizes a network of security vendors, financial institutions, and law enforcement to fight phishing.