Why You Should Care:
Because, sadly, not everyone is as nice as you are, and cyber criminals get sneakier every day.
What You Can Do:
- DON'T open suspicious email or unsolicited attachments
Even if it seems to come from someone you know and you weren't expecting it, check first with the sender to see if it's legitimate.
- DON'T trade important information about yourself for freebies
This includes your Social Security Number, mother's maiden name, or your hometown. The free widget, gizmo or whatever else you may be offered just isn't worth what could be the biggest headache of your life.
- Learn more about Identity Theft
- Ratchet up your olfactory system
If is smells phishy, it probably is. Can you spot the phony? Here's some help: check for phishing alerts in the Phish Bowl (brown.edu/go/phishbowl); read Spot, Protect Yourself and Recover from Phishing; test your Phishing IQ; play Phishing Scams: Avoid the Bait; learn about the work of the Anti-Phishing Working Group.
Read more about Identity Theft.