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Look out for mismatches between an email sender’s name and address

Phishing emails often purport to be from a familiar institution like your bank or Amazon. The sender’s name might be something meant to indicate this (e.g., “Amazon Orders”), but often it won’t match the actual return address, which might be something very long and garbled. That mismatch is a sign to stay away.

Be careful with unsolicited emails

Say someone emails you out of the blue. The best course of action is usually to do nothing. Don’t respond or click a link or attachment in their message, as doing so might be risky and make you vulnerable to phishing scams.

Share only with people you know

Although many users seek to establish as many contacts on social networks as possible, consider sharing personal information only with people you know. If you expand your contacts beyond people you are sure you can trust, check the service’s settings to see if you can group your contacts and assign different levels of access based […]

Treat everything as public information

A good way to protect yourself is to limit the amount of personal information you post to social networks. This recommendation applies not only to information in your user profile, but also to any comments or photos you post. It is important that you consider information that you post about yourself and about others, particularly […]

Segment iMessages on iOS

On an iOS device with iMessage enabled, it’s possible to filter out any iMessages from senders who aren’t in your Contacts. Simply go to Settings -> Messages and enable “Filter Unknown Senders.” This can reduce the risk of phishing and harassment.

Go beyond built-in security on Windows 10

Windows 10 ships with its own integrated security tools, which do a good job at keeping basic threats at bay. However, adding more protection is prudent. Platforms like Total Defense Ultimate Security provide comprehensive protection from viruses, phishing, ransomware and more.