Tech Tips and Tricks – Phishing | Sullivan University

Tech Tips and Tricks – Phishing | Sullivan University


Phishing is where a malicious or threat actor
sends a legitimate-looking email trying to trick you into clicking a link that masquerades
as a legitimate link, but it actually takes you to a malicious website. The goal of a phish-scammer is to get you
to download malware, to get you to install malware on your computer, which essentially
can cause all kinds of bad stuff to be loaded on your machine. The most common tactic that phishing scammers
use is to spoof a legitimate company, such as Ebay or Amazon. One thing to keep in mind, is that legitimate
companies such as these will never ask you to verify your credentials, will never ask
you to click on any links in that email. So that is one of the biggest give-aways that
you are potentially dealing with a phishing email. So the biggest defense against phishing is
awareness and precaution. So, essentially, treat every email that you
get as a potentially malicious email. Never trust links or attachments in emails
— that is the primary vector of attack. So, essentially, always question the source
of an email. So if you have an email from somebody you
know asking for information, contact that person via another method and then verify
that that is a legitimate email or request.

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