Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cybersafety Tips for the Holidays from the FBI

This seems to be an annual event, but scammers keep coming back for the holiday festivities. The FBI, in this recent press release, wants to make sure they don't enjoy the party.
  • Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
  • Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
  • Avoid filling out forms in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
  • Always compare the link in the e-mail to the link that you are actually directed to.
  • Log on to the official website, instead of "linking" to it from an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify if the e-mail is genuine.
Here are some additional comments from Paul Korzeniowski of Information Week's bMighty.

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