I open up my email and see a message that reads, “Roni Argetsinger wants to connect with you on Linked In.” I think, “Cool! I like Roni. I’d like to connect with her on Linked In. I’ll bet that she’s connected to some parish staff or staff from other dioceses that I could connect with, too. I’ll just click on this link here…” The problem is…..Roni didn’t send this email message to me! And the link doesn’t really direct my web browser to the official Linked In website!
Phishing emails are very common and are a popular way to contract viruses onto your PC or network. Securing the Human provides some great information on what email phishing attacks are and how to protect yourself from them. http://www.securingthehuman.org/newsletters/ouch/issues/OUCH-201302_en.pdf
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