Phishing emails are one of the easiest ways that confidential information can be stolen and used against you. But before we begin, what is phishing? Phishing, as you can tell by the ironic spelling, is how perpetrators go “fishing” for your personal information through fraudulent and phony emails and other kinds of communication.
How does phishing occur? It is a rather simple idea really which is why it is so successful. Phishing scams copy a trustworthy source like your bank, credit card company, payment app or email methods, send you emails and other notices in an attempt to get you to input your login information, credit card account info, social security number, and other pieces of confidential information. Usually in the form of an email, these sites will give a redirect link for you to access your account which leads directly to their site. And as we all know the only commandment of the Internet, once it is out there, there is no way to get it back.
Phishing emails and notifications are how identities are stolen, credit is ruined, and lives are put into financial and personal disarray. So now that you know what a phishing email is, how you can avoid them?
Always have some kind of anti-virus/malware/spyware product in place on any device that you operate in which you access personal information like bank accounts, emails or credit card statements.
If you notice that your computer has viruses, these can leave you vulnerable to phishing emails, so make sure you repair them. Trust us, these scammers can look pretty convincing, similar URLs, using your name, even email addresses with similar type as the company that are imitating as seen with recent Paypal phishing scams. At Wisp on the Westbank, we offer a total virus removal package for only $95! Not only will your computer run better and faster, but we will also install FREE our favorite antivirus software so that you won’t have the same problems again.
Always double check suspicious emails. Are there spelling or grammar mistakes? Does the logo look the same to your trusted company? Is there a redirect link in the email asking for your login information? These are just a few of the many ways you can figure out what phishing emails look like.
If you have more questions about how to keep your computer safe or repairs needed if it isn’t, give us here at Wisp a call at 504-309-5322 or stop by our office on Manhattan Boulevard. Only a quick 10 minute drive from downtown New Orleans!