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With so many of us staying at home and using our phones and computers more than usual, scammers are finding new ways to trick us into sending them money. According to Google’s Safe Browsing service, there has been a 350% increase in phishing websites (tricking users into typing in usernames and passwords or sharing other private information) since the beginning of the year.
Here are some of the ways you can stay safe online.
You’ve probably heard of “phishing” emails: they’re emails that look like they come from an organization you may know or do business with, such as a retailer, bank, internet service provider, or the like. They try to trick you into clicking on a link that may ask for personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers, which the criminals can then use, or possibly infect your computer with a virus or ransomware that might be difficult or expensive to get rid of. And these bad actors are getting smarter every day—at first glance, many phishing emails look completely legitimate.
It’s important to stay safe online. Here’s a list of some of the common types of suspicious content and how to recognize it so you’re ready to navigate this tricky new reality:
The best single piece of advice is, “If you can’t confirm it, don’t click it!” This is a good time to remind you that financial professionals aren’t permitted to do business by email.
Simply taking a little time to look carefully at emails you don’t recognize can help you avoid the consequences of phishing and fraudulent messages that are trying to compromise your digital safety.
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Smart devices can make life more efficient and convenient, but they can also make it more convenient for bad actors who want to leverage all that smart efficiency to compromise your security and leave you vulnerable to attack.
Here are some tips to help you secure the smart devices in your home: