Tips for Avoiding Phishing Email Traps

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Watch Shipping and Delivery Notices

While today's malware and antivirus scanners can usually catch the majority of malicious executables, it's really easy to alter the makeup of an existing file to the point where it can evade detection. Over the busy shopping period, you will probably get an array of "delivery" or "shipping" notices as normal. One technique attackers use is to disguise these as malicious attachments. Most online retailers will send these as the body of the email, so think carefully before opening an attachment. 

When the holidays come around, many of us are busy with planning, gift buying and decorating, oftentimes forgetting to be diligent when accessing the web. Cyber criminals are well aware of this and are getting sneakier and changing tactics –  moving from malicious attachments to "watering hole" style attacks that lure victims to a trusted (but compromised) URL destination.

During this time of year, people make more online transactions than usual, so it's essential to be extra careful when sending financial and/or personal information, even to sources you think are reputable. While you may think you are saving time having a website save your details or registering with a website, make sure you think about how many new ways you are opening yourself up to having those details stolen should those sources become compromised by attackers. Not taking these steps to protect yourself could turn a morning of building your sweet new Lego Millennium Falcon into months of picking up the pieces of your now-stolen identity.

In this slideshow, AlienVault has identified common phishing traps users should avoid.


Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

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