Every day, it seems like there is a new story in the news about a company that has been hacked. In many cases, the hackers can gain access to sensitive information because the company’s employees fall for a phishing attack.
Phishing is a form of cyberattack where criminals send emails that appear to be from legitimate companies to steal people’s personal information. In this blog post, Georgeweb.org will discuss identifying fake websites and phishing attacks, and we will provide tips for staying safe online.
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How to Identify a Fake Website or Phishing Attack
While it can be challenging to identify a fake website, there are some signs that you should look out for. Here are just a few of them:
– The email address associated with the sender is different than what you would typically see from the company (e.g., instead of firstname.lastname@example.org, you might see email@example.com.)
– The email contains typos or grammatical errors that would not be found in a legitimate company’s correspondence (e.g., “Dear Customers,” instead of “Dear Valued Customer.”)
– There is no personal information in the email (e.g., your name, account number)
– The email contains links to other websites that look legitimate but are actually malicious (e.g., “Click here for more information.”)
Here are some tips for staying safe online:
– Never open attachments from people you don’t know or trust; they could contain viruses or malware.
– Make sure your computer’s software is always up-to-date with the latest security patches and virus definitions.
– Use strong passwords that include numbers, symbols, and upper/lowercase letters for all of your online accounts (e.g., “Password123!”). Do not use the same password for multiple accounts.
– Install a good antivirus program on your computer and keep it up-to-date.
– Only enter personal information into websites that you know are legitimate and have a secure connection (the website will start with “HTTPS” instead of “WWW”).
– If you ever receive an email that seems suspicious, do not click on any of the links or attachments and contact the company directly to verify its authenticity.
Popular phishing simulators
It’s important to remember that not all emails are legitimate. If you receive an email from a company or organization asking you for personal information, it may be a phishing attack. You should always verify the identity of any sender before responding with sensitive data like your Social Security Number or credit card number
Stay safe online!