Recognizing the Bait: How to Avoid Phishing Scams

The Dangerous Waters of the Digital Ocean

Phishing scams have seen a staggering 600% increase since the onset of COVID. These malicious tactics trick users into providing personal information, often with devastating results.

Phishing: A Deceptive Art

By masquerading as trustworthy entities—banks, service providers, even colleagues—hackers lure victims into revealing sensitive details. These might include login credentials, financial information, or personal IDs.

Guarding Against Phishing

Remembering a unique password for each account is daunting. Enter password managers. These digital tools store and generate strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts, locking them behind one master password.

  • Inspect URLs: Genuine websites will have a consistent, familiar URL. Always check before entering details.
  • Avoid Unsolicited Clicks: Be wary of unexpected emails prompting clicks, especially those creating a sense of urgency.
  • Double-Check: If an email claims to be from a trusted source, verify by contacting the entity directly using official channels.

If You've Taken the Bait

Immediately change compromised passwords, inform your bank, and consider credit monitoring services for potential identity theft.


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