January 5, 2016

What better way to start 2016 than with some fresh  DTCI Tips**?   Today's tips will reveal an email scam and ways to protect yourself and your information - BEWARE!

Here's how it works...............

  • You will receive an email from a contact you know (most likely because they fell for the scam).
  • The email will say something like "Your Contact (insert name here) Used Dropbox to Share a File with You!"
  • The email will contain a "link to Dropbox" and look very much like Dropbox.  Look closely!   Hover your mouse over the link you'll notice that the website doesn't look like http://www.dropbox.com. It will resemble something more like http://www.fakedomain.com/dropbox/dropboxabcde/index.php
  • Clicking on this link will bring up a webpage with the four main email providers' logos (Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail and Gmail), which looks very official. You may be coaxed into clicking on your email provider's logo to gain access to the shared file that you think is from Dropbox. Clicking on this link brings up a login page for your email provider, but be warned — it's not!
  • "Logging in" with your credentials simply supplies the hackers with what they need.
  • Your email account will then be used to pass this scam on.

What you can do to protect yourself:

  • Review November 23rd's  DTCI Tips** onPassword do's and don'ts.
  • Never click on links in emails without first hovering your mouse over them to verify the domain.
  • Never login to email from a link you clicked. Go directly to the webpage yourself.
  • Never use your email password for any other online services. It's tempting, but if the site on which you use your password is untrustworthy or insecure, you are at risk.
  • When in doubt, call the contact that sent you the email in question to make sure the email is legitimate.

What you can do if your account has been compromised:

No doubt, Cybersecurity is a hot topic.  Would you like more details.   Please feel free to contact me.

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