Saturday, November 8, 2008

Avoiding phishing

Often BYU sends out emails to their employees. Recently we got an email about avoiding phishing and I thought it was useful information....so although this post is kind of boring and some of it is obvious, I thought it was helpful. I hope you do too.

1. Don't give your password to anyone, even if they pretend to be support staff, unless you have initiated the conversation and know why they want it.
2. Never give your private information in response to any message that comes through email, no matter how nice it looks, or how official it sounds.
3. Initiate banking sessions yourself, either from a bookmark or by typing in the site name in the browser.
4. Don't follow authentic-looking links in any email that claims to come from your bank.
5. If you think someone has obtained your Route Y password, change it immediately (call 422-4000 for help if necessary).

Additionally:

6. Don't give out personal information to callers on the phone, no matter how authentic they sound, unless you have initiated the call.
7. Don't ever give out your credit card information over the phone if your office door is open or if you're in an unsecured environment.
8. At home, do not give out credit card information over a cordless (not cellular) phone. The calls can easily be intercepted.
9. Make certain any wireless connection you have is a secured one, if you are going to use it for anything that requires a password.
10. If you have a wireless router at home, turn on the security setting, if you don't have it already on.
11. Report any attempts to gain your information to the proper authorities.
12. Don't give out social security numbers to anyone, unless you know why they need it. Think twice about it, even then.
13. Review your credit reports, at least once a year. The free credit report address is "annualcreditreport.com"

1 little remarks:

Kaela said...

Great information! Love your new blog design!!!

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