Yet Another Reason to Not Click on Links

Email – It is easy to send information and store information via email.

However, no one should be asking for your personal information like passwords, your social security number or your account information in an email.

Banks and other financial institutions have been warning their clients against it for years, but there are still people that fall for this type of phishing email.

What if you get a “change your password” email and you’re not sure if you requested it? Should you click on the link to change it?

I hope you learned from the last blog and respond with a loud NO!!

If you didn’t, go and review Common Sense Internet Safety Lesson 6!

One reason to not click is the results of a 2019 Security Intelligence Report by Microsoft showing a 250% increase in phishing messages over last year showing it’s more and more likely to be an email phishing for your information!

Should you respond to that email with the information requested?

The answer is another loud NO!!

Instead, use your bookmark for the account in question and change your password. That is using a true MultiFactor Authentication. If they’re asking to have information verified, call the number you already have stored or a business card you have. Use something else that is trustworthy to validate the request.

Similarly, if you find yourself with an email that has your password in it, change your password for the site and delete the email! (Not forgetting to empty your trash also).

Why delete it?

Archived emails can be accessed if you’re ever breached and then you have given even more information away.

Review:

     10.   Don’t follow links in emails.

     11.   Don’t send private personal information like passwords or your social security number in email EVER.

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