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Signs of a phishing email

Here are some tip-offs that can alert you to a phishing email: misspellings, grammatical mistakes, including your email address in the subject line, no acknowledgement of your name, requests to verify your account, warnings that your account has been compromised. Spotting these can reduce the risk of being a phishing email victim. Total Defense is […]

Keep your browser updated

It’s important to keep your browser updated just as much as your security software. Browser updates often patch holes in the app’s security, preventing known exploits from being targeted by cybercriminals. These exploits can be used to steal your personal browsing information or even install a keylogger. In some cases, these holes in security can […]

Telling signs of a phishing email

Here are some tip-offs that can alert you to a phishing email: misspellings, grammatical mistakes, including your email address in the subject line, no acknowledgement of your name, requests to verify your account, warnings that your account has been compromised. Spotting these can reduce the risk of being a phishing email victim. Total Defense is […]

Be suspicious of 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. Shortened URLs have been used in numerous scams. For example, a goo.gl address was central to a phishing campaign that pointed victims to a […]

Don’t provide personal information to a website unless the “S” is present in “https”

The hyperlink bar in your web browser will tell you when a connection is secure by adding an “S” to the end of “http” in your browser. If the “S” isn’t present, it means the connection is not encrypted and the information being sent over the network isn’t private.

Prop up your defenses with internet security software

Alertness can go a long way in staving off phishing, even of the most high-level variety. At the same time, it’s suggested 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 you started.