Black Friday, Cyber Monday Bring Out the Risk Grinch

By | November 23, 2011

  • November 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm
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    Online scams peak during the holidays. It is imperative that individuals take precautionary measures to guard themselves against spammers. Here are a few tips to help out, and happy holiday shopping!

    1. When a spam email is received, don’t bother replying to the unsubscribe instructions given, as this only confirms to the spammer that the email is being read by a real person, landing you on more spammer’s email lists.
    2. Do not use real information about yourself for validation. Create answers to commonly asked security questions, such as your mother’s maiden name. These are usually questions that’s answers are easily found.
    3. Do not open suspicious or strange emails. Malware is often hidden in embedded attachments and graphics
    4. Always close accounts that have been tampered with. Open a new account, and avoid further tampering.
    5. If you open a received spam email, check your outgoing email queue to ensure that a “return receipt” message was not generated and sent back to the spammer automatically

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