Internet security and software protect your computer, and email gets more sophisticated every day. However, they don’t work if you open the door to scammers trying to trick you into revealing sensitive information. These are known as “phishing” attacks. Here are a few tips from Viasat Internet to help you steer clear of them.
Phishing is a common form of internet fraud in which online criminals use email or instant messaging to gain critical personal information, like your Social Security number, usernames and passwords. Typically, a phisher comes in the guise of a trusted relationship — like your bank, internet service provider or even a friend — to lure you into sharing that information. We’ve even had these scammers send them to our customers to look like they came from Viasat.
Such an email might urge you to verify your account or confirm billing information. By clicking on the link or sending the requested identifying information, the phisher can gain access to your accounts.
It’s a good idea to think before clicking on any links, since booby traps abound. Keep this in mind, even when you’re opening an email from an address you recognize.
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