Recognize when youíre being played
Itís okay to be (a little) paranoid. Being aware of whatís going on, online and offline, can help keep you from being compromised.
Here are a few simple rules to live by online:
- Donít give your money or personal information to strangers on the Internet.
- If it looks fishy, stay away.
- If someone asks for your confidential information, donít give it to them.
- A healthy dose of skepticism is a good thing.
Social engineering is using deception and manipulation to get you to give up confidential or personal information, usually passwords, banking information or access to your computer. The information may be used to commit fraud or to access your computer and install harmful software.
How it can happen:
An email from a friend with an attachment that you just have to check out! Because it comes from a friend, youíre less likely to be skeptical and more likely to download the attachment that may have malicious software included!
An email from your bank saying there is an urgent problem with your account, with a link to log in.
A contractor your company works with asks for private company information that grants access into your system.
Protect yourself, and your company, by slowing down. Think first, and then act. Scammers try to get you worked up so youíll act before having time to think about what youíre doing. Delete any emails that ask for personal or financial information, logins or passwords, and donít download attachments youíre not expecting.
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