Malicious Emails, Spam or Phishing, Oh my!

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Protecting Yourself and Your Computer

A malicious email, such as spam or phishing, may urge you to install software to keep your account or computer from being compromised. Malicious emails want you to click on a link or open an attachment that may lead to significant issues for both you and the organization.

To reduce spam, mark the spam emails as junk and they will automatically be sent to your junk folder. We also recommend you occasionally check your junk email filters so you don’t miss any wanted emails.

Cybercriminals also use phishing as a way to collect your personal information. They may use emails to get you to visit a website and infect your machine with malware and viruses. Cybercriminals may even call you directly and request personal information to provide a service or gift.

Social media is a common tool used by cybercriminals. Stories you see in your feed may be clickbait. They may sponsor an ad to drive you to their website or may pose as a fake organization or individual.

Pay attention to the URLs. HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure - this is the secure version of HTTP. This means that all data exchanged is encrypted, making it unusable for cybercriminals.