6 Tips to Avoid Post-Epsilon Email Attacks
Protect yourself from spear phishers, scammers who try to steal your personal data by sending emails claiming to be from legitimate businesses.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
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- Use extreme caution when opening emails claiming to be from any of the breached companies. Don’t provide personal, account or financial information if it’s requested in an email. Question unknown and unfamiliar parts of received emails.
- Don’t open links or attachments in emails from suspicious or unknown sources. Even pictures, music and videos can contain malicious programs.
- Change passwords for compromised email accounts. Use a strong password that includes upper- and lowercase letters as well as symbols.
- Open a separate email address for interfacing with businesses—not the same account you use for your personal or work lives. Tweak your name—use an initial or your middle name—and add a few days or months to your birthday. Never give out your actual date of birth.
- Update security programs such as antivirus and antimalware programs and firewalls to protect your computer. Viruses will destroy your data, and malware will steal your personal information.
- Contact a professional if you are unsure about content you have received. You’re better off asking than being at risk.