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Don't click links in email


Don't click links in your email, no matter how real they seem.

When you get an email saying that your bank transfer failed, or account balance is in trouble, resist the temptation to click any links in that email.

Hackers like to send emails saying there's a problem with your bank account, or your email account is full, or a problem with recent package delivery, or even a problem with your mortage application, or house-closing process.

Resist the urge to click any links in the email. Instead, call your bank using the number printed on a credit/debit card. Or log into your bank's website, your email account, or Amazon, etc directly. Type in the website address yourself.
Phishing: the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

What's the worst that can happen?

A hacker simply sends you an email, convinces you that something is wrong, tricks you into clicking a link that goes to their server instead of the real server, and convinces you that you're loggin into the bank's server and get you to type your username and password. As soon as you do, they have it and can then log into the real server as you.

What's the worst that can happen?

A hacker simply:
  • sends you an email
  • convinces you that something is wrong and you need to fix it
  • tricks you into clicking a link that goes to their server
  • convinces you that you're logging into a legitimate server
  • gets you to type your username and password
  • takes your username and password you just gave them
  • logs into the real server as you
  • does anything they want