Phishing Awareness Month

February is Advantage Computer’s Phishing Awareness Month.  We dedicate our blog and facebook to informing customers about the types of scams that are presented through phishing.

Please read the following articles to learn more!

Week 4 - Fabricating a story. Identity theft in action.

I had the unpleasant experience of witnessing my own family undergo identity theft via fabrication of a false story.  It’s something we all worry about, but typically there are only minor incidents. I experienced my credit card being stolen but quickly cancelled the card before any harm could be done.  Active communication fabrication can be a much scarier experience.

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February Week 3 - Phishing Emails Galore!

I have received an abnormally high amount of phishing emails this week.  I received an email from (Not Likely) American Airlines confirming my flight to some nice place, I received an email from (Not Likely) the IRS about my unpaid taxes, and I received an email about some investment that I lost money on (Probably True).  Be careful and watchful of these new phishing emails. Gone are the days of phishing emails with oddball sender addresses (easy to spot) and emails with horrible grammar (very easy to spot).  Today there are phishing emails that are utilizing spoofing and data that has been phished from other sources.

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February Week 2 - Do I need to update Adobe Flash??

Adobe Flash is one of the most common additions to browsers for viewing media on the internet and most likely you have seen it wanting to be installed or updated.  Adobe flash is a legitimate software and was created for vector animation and was used extensively in old websites due to a lack of media display in old website coding. Prior to HTML5, a web development language, everything was very static in websites. Adobe Flash presented a method to display audio, animations, videos, and program content.

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February Week 1 - What is phishing?

Phishing is a scam where a person may attempt to contact you via phone, email, sms, or website pop ups.  The scammer will try to impersonate a credible organization in order to gain your trust and access to your personal information.  

 

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