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Tech Tip Tuesday 26/11/2019

Security Basics

Welcome back to Tech Tip Tuesday, today we are discussing we are discussing Security Basics.

We will be focusing on safe practices when opening emails and links.

What is Phishing?

Phishing describes the practice of using digital deception and disguise to steal information. This most often comes in the form of disguised emails and websites. Ever had an email that looked suspicious? Or came from an energy provider you aren't a customer of? Or has very little context and only a link or attachment? These are all likely Phishing attempts.

How can I be phishing smart?

Whenever you read an email and something feels off, it probably is. The first thing you should do is ask yourself these 3 questions:

If you answered yes to any of these, you should proceed with extreme caution.
The first thing to think of is "Does this company have an online portal?" If they do, your best course of action is to go straight to the source of truth. Log in to their website and confirm the information in the email is legitimate. If it is not a service with an online login, this doesn't change much. Call the company. At the end of the day if you don't trust an email, don't click on anything in it.

What should you do if you think you've fallen for a phishing scam?

Contact your IT provider immediately if you have one. They will assist to ensure that there hasn't been anything unwanted downloaded onto your computer. You will then want to reset your password on any accounts you have with the same password as the one that was compromised.

That's all for TTT this week. Touch base again next week for more!
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