By Vaughna Schooler

As more companies work to move employees to remote positions, cyber attacks have began to spike. The attackers are targeting companies and remote employees through phishing and email scams. Phishing emails have been made to look as though they are coming from established sources such as the CDC, health advice emails, and work force related emails. Norton released an article with tips on how to recognize and avoid phishing emails.

Beware of online requested for personal information 

A coronavirus-themed email that seeks personal information is a phishing scam. Legitimate government agencies won’t ask for that information. Never respond to the email with your personal data. 

Check the email address or link 

You can inspect a link by hovering your mouse button over the URL to see where it leads, only proceed if the source is a known official resource. Phishers can create links that closely resemble legitimate addresses. Delete the email.

Watch for spelling and grammatical mistakes 

If an email includes spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors, it’s likely a sign you’ve received a phishing email. Delete it.

Look for generic greetings 

Phishing emails are unlikely to use your name. Greetings like “Dear sir or madam” signal an email is not legitimate.

Avoid emails that insist you act now 

Phishing emails often try to create a sense of urgency or demand immediate action to get you to click and offer your information. Instead, delete the message.

The Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information offers additional tips on how to recognize and avoid phishing, how to protect yourself and how to report phishing emails. Tips included in the article are to protect your computer through security software, protect your mobile phone, protect your accounts by using multi-factor authentication and protect your data using backups. Being proactive by setting strong passwords, changing passwords often, using multi-factor authentication when possible and keeping antivirus protection up to date will help to battle cyber threats. 

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