| Phishing Alert
A couple of my clients asked me about the recent
Google phishing warning
, where almost a million Gmail accounts were compromised though a very effective looking email, that looked as if it came from a trusted contact. If you recently opened an email from a friend that asked you to link to a Google Doc, please take action
as described here
Even if it seems like you only get junk mail in your email account, most other sites will reset your password by sending a link to your email account. That means that crooks, who might want to gain access to your banking or other sites,
start by trying to gain access to your email account. The bottom line is, your email account is more important than you think, and you should always keep your email account secure.
Phishing attacks are designed to entice you to click on a link, which takes you to what LOOKS LIKE a real site. At that site you are asked to enter your log-in credentials. As soon as you do,
the scammers have your username and password for whatever site they are imitating, which might be your email account, your credit card or bank account, or something like Ebay or PayPal.
The best way to
keep yourself safe from phishing attacks
NEVER log in to a site from a link in an email
. Even if you are confident that the email telling you that you need to take action is legit, go to the site directly, by opening up a web browser and typing in the web address of the site.