Tips to avoid becoming a victim of a phishing attack

  1. Be suspicious of all unexpected messages. Even from familiar senders.
  2. Be extra suspicious if the unexpected message requests information. You should call the sender to verify.
  3. Be extra suspicious if the unexpected message requests that you click on a link. Go directly to the web site if you need to log in and verify something.
  4. Be extra suspicious of downloading attachments to an unexpected message. You should contact the sender to verify.
  5. Keep anti-malware and system patches up to date. The more layers of protection you have, the safer you are.
  6. Back up your data. Malware can destroy your data by either encrypting or deleting it.
  7. Use multi-factor authentication which requires the hacker to have something besides your password to access your account.

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