To help you protect yourself from phishing, please observe the following:
Guard against spam emails. Be especially cautious of emails that:
- Do not come from the sender’s known organization domain name (e.g. @zivra.com).
- Come from unrecognized senders.
- Ask you to confirm personal or financial information over the Internet and/or make urgent requests for transactions.
- Try to upset you into acting quickly by threatening you with frightening information.
- It is best to open attachments only when you are expecting them and know what they contain, even if you know the sender.
- You should always be careful when responding to unknown email addresses. Don’t free up information.
- Do not click on links, download files or open attachments in emails from unknown senders.
- If you hover over the link without clicking on it, and it shows a vague link, do not click on it.
Never email personal or financial information, even if you are close with the recipient. You never know who may gain access to your email account, or to the person’s account to whom you are emailing.
Communicate personal information only via phone or secure web sites. In fact, when conducting online transactions, look for a sign that the site is secure such as a lock icon on the browser’s status bar or a “https:” URL whereby the “s” stands for “secure” rather than a “http:”.
Beware of links in emails that ask for personal information, even if the email appears to come from an enterprise you do business with. Phishing web sites often copy the entire look of a legitimate web site, making it appear authentic. To be safe, call the legitimate enterprise first to see if they really sent that email to you. After all, businesses should not request personal information to be sent via email.
Beware of pop-ups and follow these tips:
- Never enter personal information in a pop-up screen.
- Do not click on links in a pop-up screen.
- Do not copy web addresses into your browser from pop-ups.
- Legitimate enterprises never ask you to submit personal information in pop-up screens, so don’t do it.