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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Week 3: Gone Phishing

Happy 3rd week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month! This week we’d like to talk about one of the dangerous types of information security attacks: Phishing.

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a type of fraud where an attacker pretends to be a trusted individual or from a reputable organization to gain your trust and ultimately access to your sensitive information. They often pretend to be a friend or family member. They might also act as if they are from your bank, the government, or even non-profit organizations.

How does Phishing happen?

This type of attack typically occurs via email, although it can also be done over the phone. In an email phishing scam, an individual uses language meant to entice you to click on a malicious link or attachment with the goal of either secretly downloading a virus onto your computer or having you enter sensitive information (account numbers, PINs, usernames and passwords, or Social Security numbers for example) on a website page.

What can you do to protect yourself?

For the final week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’ll go into detail about the ways you can identify phishing scams to protect your personal information, so come back next week for more info!