Security Cat has nine lives. YOU DON’T. Once your data or personal information has been compromised, both your cyber life and your real life can be turned upside down. Follow Security Cat’s advice and protect yourself from the many cyber threats we all face every single day.
Phishing is the most common cause of a data breaches. Phishing is successful because it utilizes social engineering to hack the human.
How does it work? A bad guy sends you an email disguised to be from a legitimate source (such as your bank or credit card company). The email will generally contain a short amount of text in the form of “Your account has been locked due to fraudulent activity. Click the link below to unlock your account”.
There are many variations of this, but most often a sense of urgency followed by a link is the standard theme. Clicking the link will result in contracting malware of some form, which will give the bad guys access to your computer and your network.
The key word is “click”. If you don’t click, nothing happens. If you do click, the bad guys win. So instead of clicking, hover over links and note the address. If it looks untrustworthy then don’t trust it! And it’s not limited to phishing emails. Popups on shady websites can also contain malware. Once again, a single click is all it takes.
Always think before you click.
The month of September is internationally recognized as Happy Cat Month! To celebrate, we’re giving away nine free Security Cat posters in a series dubbed “The Nine Lives of Security Cat”. Each one will cover information security basics to remind us that we only have one cyber life. Be sure to catch all nine!
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