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Cybersecurity Awareness Month - Think Before You Click

Every October, we recognize Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The purpose of this annual event is to help remind everyone to protect themselves online as technology and digital threats evolve.

This week we will discuss Thinking Before You Click a Link or Attachment.

Think Before You Click

Have you ever seen a link that looks a little off?

  • It looks like something you’ve seen before, but it says you need to change or enter a password.
  • Or maybe it asks you to verify personal information.
  • It could be a text message or even a phone call.
  • They may pretend to be your email service, your boss, your bank, a friend….
  • The message may claim it needs your information because you’ve been a victim of cybercrime.   

It’s likely a phishing scheme:  a link or webpage that looks legitimate, but it’s a trick designed by bad actors to have you reveal your passwords, social security number, credit card numbers, or other sensitive information. Once they have that information, they can use it on legitimate sites. And they may try to get you to run malicious software, also known as malware.

Sadly, we are more likely to fall for phishing than we think.   

If it’s a link you don’t recognize, trust your instincts, and Think Before You Click. 

We all need to “Phight the Phish!”

As always, if you have any questions, please let us know.

 

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