I want to return to the subject of cyber-crime and focus particularly on what are called Phishing attacks. These have become very common over the last couple of years. A phishing attack is called this because like a fishing net it wants to catch as many as possible. It’s an email that asks you do something and if you follow the instructions then bad things can happen.
So, here’s what to look for:
An email that looks like it’s from an official source but if you look closely, the email address it was sent from looks unfamiliar or has a strange look to it.
This email will tell you that something has changed for instance:
Terms & Conditions
A new password is required
There will often be a link or a button for you to click on – DON’T DO IT. This is where the attack is hidden.
If you’re suspicious then delete the email and then delete it again from your deleted email folder.
It can be a good idea to let everyone know so they can avoid it too – just don’t send them the whole email, just enough of it so your friends will recognise it. Don’t include the link or the button.
If it wasn’t a phishing attack, don’t worry a legitimate person will send it again. If you’re still not sure, you can always contact Netsafe and let them know.
The important thing with all forms of cyber-crime is for you to be suspicious and vigilant. Don’t be trusting because this is what these attackers are looking for – good honest people like you.