Take the following actions immediately to strengthen your computer’s security against phishing scams:

  • Never reply to unsolicited information requests with personal information.
  • Only provide personal information on websites with “HTTPS” in the web URL or a lock icon at the top of the browser.
  • If you suspect phishing, contact the company named in the email to validate its validity.
  • To avoid clicking a link in a phishing message, enter a reliable URL for the company’s website into your browser’s address bar.
  • Create unique, complicated passwords for each of your accounts.
  • Personal documents should be regularly checked for accuracy, and any differences should be handled immediately.
  • Stay away from dubious websites.
  • Use secure email conventions:
  • Only read emails from senders you recognize.
  • If you believe a message to be spam, delete it right away.
  • Use a firewall and antivirus protection.
  • Protect yourself with anti-spyware software.

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