Most everyone has heard of Phishing by now and no doubt you’ve seen attempts in your inbox. If anyone is still unsure: Phishing scams are fraudulent attempts to obtain sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details. These scams are often conducted via email, social media, or text message, and they can be difficult to recognize. However, with some awareness and vigilance, you can protect yourself from falling victim to phishing scams. OTG Consulting remains committed to helping everyone with a need to secure their Business
Here are some tips for recognizing and avoiding phishing scams:
- Check the sender’s email address: Phishing emails often use a fake email address or a slight variation of a legitimate one. Be wary of emails from unknown senders or suspicious email addresses.
- Don’t click on links: Avoid clicking on links in emails, text messages, or social media posts from unknown or suspicious sources. Instead, type the URL of the website you want to visit directly into your browser.
- Watch out for urgent requests: Phishing scams often create a sense of urgency to prompt you to act quickly. Be suspicious of urgent requests for personal or financial information.
- Check the website’s security: Look for the padlock symbol in the URL bar of your browser, which indicates that the website is secure. Also, check the website’s URL to ensure it matches the legitimate website’s URL.
- Keep your software up to date: Regularly update your computer’s antivirus and operating system software to protect against known vulnerabilities that could be exploited in a phishing attack.
- Use two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring a second form of verification in addition to your password.
In summary, staying vigilant and cautious is key to avoiding phishing scams. Always be wary of emails or messages from unknown sources, avoid clicking on links, and keep your software up to date to ensure your personal information remains secure. If you’d like to learn more or get help making sure you have the appropriate Security Posture for your business, reach out and let us help…that’s what we do here at OTG Consulting.