Phishing Scams

Phishing scams can take many forms.  Oftentimes they are quite obvious, but depending on the source it can appear safe.  What is phishing?  It is the sending of fraudulent emails or phone calls designed to gain personal information or infect your devices with malware and viruses.

Our ‘spam’ folders do a rather good job of collecting the precarious emails, though we still need to be on the lookout for the ones that slip through.  Emails from the US postal service or other government departments are common favorites, as well as reputable companies like FedEx or UPS.

Phishing phone calls are also very common.  The attackers will usually call you posing as your IT company to gain access to your computer.  Don’t ever share your computer’s information with someone unless you have complete assurance of that person’s identity.

To help you better identify what phishing scams look like and how to report them, visit:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/phishing-symptoms.aspx

Dealing with cybersecurity issues can be frustrating and overwhelming.  Contact a ProTel Support representative today to help you take control of your cybersecurity.

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