It’s good to be on the lookout for unusual or suspicious looking emails you may receive. But being paranoid, not so much. Here is some helpful info on how you can keep your inbox safe.
WHAT IS PHISHING ?
Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into revealing your personal information like user names, passwords, or PIN by pretending to be someone they’re not. It usually happens through email, but can also happen through instant messaging or by telephone when someone asks you to provide or confirm your personal information. In most cases, any legitimate company will not email you asking to you transmit user or personal information by email.
It’s a good idea to open up a browser window and type the website address directly into the address bar of the browser instead of copying and pasting (or clicking on) links from emails. A link in an email may take you to a site that looks legitimate, but actually isn’t. Phishing emails will usually display a link that looks real and present you with a real looking URL (website address) but will contain a couple of characters which are different. For example if you login to your bank www.yourbank.com, a phishing email may direct you to a link such as www.yourbank.secure.xsdfr.com. The reality, is you aren’t going to your bank’s website you’re actually going to a website at xsdrf.com (for example).
CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD
Avoid using the same password for all your accounts and try not to use a password that contains your name or birth date. A password which contains information about you is more likely to guess and therefore be hacked. If you’re worried that one of your online accounts may have been compromised, a great step you can take right away is to log in and change your password.
WHAT TO DO
If you ever receive a suspicious email or call, simply don’t provide any personal or sensitive information. The best thing to do if you do receive a suspicious email is to mark it as a phishing email, mark it as spam, or simply delete the email.