Here are ways to avoid getting caught in a phishing scam:
- Educate yourself: Read up on the latest scams so you know what to look for. Become familiar with what a phish looks like so you’ll know common tricks.
- Use common sense: Read emails carefully. See if you know the sender. Be suspicious of emails asking for personal or financial info. Also, be cautious when downloading email attachments or files, unless you trust the sender.
- Practice smart browsing: Before you enter any information, make sure the website you're visiting is secure. To better protect yourself, use a search engine to find info since they can catch misspellings and prevent you from landing on fake websites. Use a search tool such as McAfee® SiteAdvisor®, which shows in your search results if sites are safe or not.
- Use technology to protect you: Use security software with anti-phishing features, like the AT&T Anti-Virus Plus. Just make sure the software is up to date. Turn on automatic updates or click the Update button on your control panel.
- Be vigilant both offline and online: Monitor bank and credit card statements for suspicious charges or transfers. Try to changing passwords regularly. Make sure you create strong passwords using a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters. Don’t use nicknames, birthdays, or details other people may know.