What is Phishing?
Phishing is a form of social engineering that uses email or websites to pose as a trustworthy organization in order to access your data.
How do I notice phishing attempts?
Look at the URL of a website.
Hover over a link to see where it is taking you before you go.
Notice the From Email Address.
Check to see it’s from @ua.edu and not @yahoo or @gmail.
Watch for Poor Spelling and Grammar.
Official emails are always spell-checked.
Beware of Urgent or Threatening Language.
Do not trust emails that say “your account has been suspended” or “verify your information.”
Phishing can happen anywhere.
When in doubt, give us a call 205-348-5555.
- Take the SonicWALL Phishing and Spam IQ Quiz.
- Play the Anti-Phishing Phil game to learn how to recognize phish e-mails.
- Be Safe Online: Ten Tips to Protect Personal Information on the Internet.
- The Federal Trade Commission’s ID Theft Site includes videos and other information about deterring, detecting, and defending against identity theft.
- Wondering how common identity theft is in Alabama? Here is a report from the FTC (PDF file).