What can I do about Phishing?

At least one resident has recently fallen victim to a “phishing” email they received. Clicking on a plausible looking link apparently compromised their entire address book. Emails like this are often sent from your own contact addresses, so it looks like a friend has sent you a link to their on-line photo album or similar. Also, the visible URL is often different from the actual link target, so just checking the sender’s address and apparent web site address is not enough. Please do not be tempted to click on links or open attachments unless you were expecting them to be sent. If in doubt, confirm the authenticity some other way. For example, ask the friend if they really sent the link (but also warning them not to click it themselves if not!) Another useful tip is to use a search engine to spot spoof emails; copy and paste a key part of the text into your search box to learn more, ideally sticking to sites you can trust for information┬á(note that enclosing the text in quotes will often improve these search results). Always consider doing this before forwarding any email which asks you to “copy to all your friends”.

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