In the time of COVID 19, the world is engaged in online life more than ever. From Zoom meetings to shopping online and everything in between. It is important to be an informed user of technology. Just like we would lock our doors at night to protect ourselves, we want to be aware of phishing online to keep ourselves and our assets safe. The word phishing was a term coined by hackers in the 90’s using emails as “lures” to “catch” unwitting individuals in the “sea” of the internet.
Phishing is the illegal attempt to obtain sensitive information. This includes usernames, passwords, bank account, and credit card details. This is done by coming across as a trustworthy entity or friend in an electronic communication. Click here for some common examples of phishing. Do not respond to strange digital requests for money or help. If you are concerned, speak with that person before doing anything.
Protect yourself! Click here for information on how to avoid phishing scams. AARP offers a Fraud Watch Network Helpline to help you determine if you have an email or text that is suspicious and bring individuals responsible to justice.
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