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Be careful with shortened links

Vanity link shorteners such as bit.ly and goo.gl were once popular as a space-saving techniques on platforms like Twitter. They carry risks, though, since you cannot immediately see where they lead. Truncated URLs have been used in several scams. For example, a goo.gl address was central to a phishing campaign that pointed victims to a […]

Shore up your defenses with security software

Alertness can go a long way in staving off phishing, even of the most sophisticated variety. At the same time, it’s recommended you have reliable security software in place to continuously protect your system against the latest threats. Try Ultimate Internet Security from Total Defense to get started.

Bookmark your most important sites to keep reliable links on file

Phishers often steer would-be victims toward domains they falsely claim are legitimate sites, such as a bank’s web app or an identity verification landing page, insisting you act quickly. You can actually preempt this line of attack by keeping all your most important sites saved as bookmarks in your web browsers. These bookmarks can provide […]

Hover over links before clicking them

Links can’t always be trusted to go where they say they do. To avoid falling into a trap, hover your mouse over a link you’re not sure of to see where it actually leads. If you’re on a mobile device, you can usually do a light tap and hold on a link to preview where […]

Don’t fall for email extortion scams

Phishing is frequently associated with tactics such as a scammer telling someone they’ve won a prize, but it can also take the form of attempted extortion. Be wary of any email threatening to expose something about you unless you submit payment. Simply delete it instead of engaging at all.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Tips for Avoiding Phishing

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). The 2018 edition represents an important milestone for the occasion – the 15th anniversary of its original proclamation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. NCSAM is a great opportunity to brush up on your security practices and also learn new techniques […]