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Tech Tips - Cyber Security

Each day, more than 100 billion spam emails are sent, with many of these involving some form of phishing scam. Phishing is a cybercrime in which a person recives and email, phone call or text message that looks as if it is from a legitimate company or person. The message attempts to lure the receiver to provide sensitive information such as passwords, credit card details, banking data and more. That information is then used to access your accounts which can result in financial losses, identity theft and more. 

 

School districts and their employees are not immune to phishing attempts. Many districts across the country have been hit by phishing attacks which can lead to downtime and rasnsonware attacks. While a school district's spam filter catches many of these suspicions emails, many get through. By following the tips below, you can help protect yourself and the district from negative effects of phishing attempts. 

  • Identify the Sender: Do you know the sender? Are you expecting and email from them or does it fit within your job role?
  • Reply-to: Does the reply-to email address match the sender's address? If not, this should be an alert.
  • Never Share Your Information: Never share passwords or any sentitve information through phone call, email or text message.
  • Links and Attachments: If you were not expecting an attachment or link, and you do not know the sender, do not open it! 
  • Grammar and Tone: Most phishing emails have poor grammer and spelling. This should be an alert. 
  • Emotions and Fear: Most phishing emails try to play on emotions or invoke fear. Things that are too good to be true probably are, an undue sense of urgency should be a warning sign. 
  • Check the URL: Before clicking on links, be sure to check the URL to ensure that it appears to be legitimate.
  • Do you know the Caller? Often spam and phishing phone calls look like they are froma local number, but they are not. 

 

If you do click a link or open an attachment that seems suspicious, change your passwords immediately and contact your IT Department. 

 

 

*Article provided by PRSA