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Its phishing season, but is every day phishing season?

Lastpass has an article out that talks about phishing season. Its got basic tips to keep us all safe. It’s Phishing Season: 5 Tips to Prevent Phishing Scams was posted on the 27th of November, right after Thanksgiving. Can I just ask a question? The question is: Is every day phishing season? You always get various email, and curious minds always want to click. Some are obvious, others are not. Sometimes, the clicking could get you in to trouble, others it can’t. Sometimes opening an email can land you in trouble, most don’t.

The first tip is education. Learn what companies who send you mail is supposed to look like, most of all. Educate yourself on how people will write you on a regular basis, and if opening attachments, whether they will tell you what is attached to the message.

Step 2 is to investigate the source. Look at the email address. I’ve been getting email claiming to be from someone I’ve had contact with, but the email address isn’t theirs, it is a totally different address. This would be a sign that something isn’t right. The link in question looked suspicious and it didn’t tell me why the link was sent to begin with.

Don’t provide your personal information is tip three. Companies usually have you sign up over the phone or through a web site, not by email. I did have that practice when I started my business, but I did put in there that if you did not feel comfortable, to let me know and I would do it over the phone. Its too risky now to send information like that over email. I did it once with a company, but I knew that it would get there, even though it was risky. I only did it once.

The fourth tip is to have a plan for when something does go wrong. Its called a Remediation plan. I’ve taken steps like making sure I back up my important files to dropbox, or another service if you don’t have dropbox.

The fifth step is to leverage a password manager. Since this is a lastpass blog article, of course they’re going to say to use them. Any password manager is capable of saving information including passwords, notes, credit card information, and other notes that are sensitive in to a vault to which you can open with one password. Whether you use lastpass, or choose another one, now we need to have this in our toolkit.

Do you have any other tips? Please share.

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Its phishing season, but is every day phishing season? was released on December 6, 2018 at 11:14 am by tech in article commentary.
Last modified: December 6, 2018.

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