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You’ve probably heard of “phishing” emails: they’re emails that look like they come from an organization you may know or do business with, such as a retailer, bank, internet service provider, or the like. They try to trick you into clicking on a link that may ask for personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers, which the criminals can then use, or possibly infect your computer with a virus or ransomware that might be difficult or expensive to get rid of. And these bad actors are getting smarter every day—at first glance, many phishing emails look completely legitimate.
It’s important to stay safe online. Here’s a list of some of the common types of suspicious content and how to recognize it so you’re ready to navigate this tricky new reality:
The best single piece of guidance is, “If you can’t confirm it, don’t click it!”