Phishing attacks and scams have thrived since the COVID pandemic began in 2020 and today, phishing attacks account for more than 80 percent of reported security incidents. Week 2 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will stress the importance of being wary of emails, text messages or chat boxes that come from a stranger or someone you were not expecting. Think before you click on any suspicious emails, links or attachments and make sure to report any suspicious emails if you can!
Tip of the Week:
Attackers have learned it’s easier to trick a person than a
computer, so they go phishing. They might want you to download a file, click
a link, or go buy gift cards. Regardless, a successful phish means that
the attacker got something they wanted like your password, a chance to install
malware, or money.
Fortunately, attackers tend to reuse ideas, and this helps
the us identify their attacks. Phishing messages will often have one or
more of the following characteristics:
or grammatical errors.
to instill a sense of urgency in the reader. For example:
“Click this link to verify your account before it’s deleted.”
to impersonate someone of perceived authority. For example: Your
boss asking for you to run out and buy gift cards.
come from unusual email addresses. Example: email@example.com is not the email we’d expect a UNF employee to use.
When you receive an email that just seems ‘off’ contact the
alleged sender using something other than email and verify that they sent
it. If not, then use the Phish Alert Button in your email
client. This flags the message in our email system to hopefully stop
others from getting it. Also, don’t interact with the sender –even as a
joke. All it will do is invite further attempts.
As time goes on, the emails become more targeted and more
authentic looking so it’s even more important than ever to avoid the