Protect your data by following the “Stop. Think. Click.” rule.
You should not click on links that seem out of place, or download software without doing research on the program or consulting your IT provider.
The holidays are a busy time for everyone, and malicious parties also increase their attempts to turn user distraction to their advantage. It is especially important during this time to be diligent in following safety recommendations to protect your systems and data.
As we have noted in previous posts about Fake Shared File Notifications and Email Phishing Threats, hackers and scammers attempt to get data and system access from unsuspecting users in a variety of ways. By always remembering to follow the simple “Stop. Think. Click.” rule before clicking on any buttons or links in emails, you are applying the most effective deterrent against potential cyber attacks.
Unexpected = Worth Caution
Even if you receive an email appearing to be from a person or company you know and trust, you should consider whether you were expecting an email and/or attachment from the sender before clicking on any of the contents. Banks, healthcare providers, and government agencies should never email requests for personal information. If you receive notifications of problems with accounts or requests for missing data, AVOID clicking links or buttons within the email. Rather, visit the sender’s website directly, log into your account through your browser, and check for any notifications within your user portal.
As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Save yourself and your company the hassle of dealing with the aftermath of a cyber attack by always remembering to exercise caution before clicking.