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Beware of Social Engineering

Social Engineering is an attack vector that relies on your interaction and often involves tricking you into breaking security procedures. Cyber attackers discovered that the easiest way to get your information is to simply ask for it. Common sense is the best defense against a social engineering attack. If the message seems odd, suspicious, or even too good to be true, then it is probably a social engineering attack. Examples of social engineering include:

How To Recognize a Phishing Email

Phishing email imagesPhishing is defined as "the activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by posing as a legitimate company." It attempts to steal your credentials through emails or sending you to fake websites where they'll trick you into providing your credentials. It is also possible for a phishing attempt to lead to your identity being stolen.