Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Today’s Tech Tip: Don't be hooked by a phishing scam

Persons all around the world fall prey to phishing scams and never realise before it's too late.

No, you didn't read that wrong and it's not a typo.

Computer Systems Engineer at Digicel Limited, Dwayne Henry, explained just what 'phishing' is:

"This is when people present themselves as a credible electronic source, to obtain personal information such as your banking details, credit card information, passwords and other sensitive information.".

So what does that materialise to? Let's look at the example below:

Someone may send an email pretending to be from your bank, utility company or some other institution you are familiar with. They will present a link for you to click on which appears to be legitimately from that company, luring you to enter your personal details and consequently grant them access. 

So what can you do to avoid such? Quite a bit Henry explains:

"Be smart. If it seems suspicious, contact the organisation directly."

Lock it up:

"Look for the padlock icon in the address bar. This indicates that you are connected to the site listed in that address bar - especially those that do commerce." 

Now that you know, make sure you don't get hooked!

 

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