The recent celebrity photo hacks are an unfortunate reminder of how devastating or embarrassing it can be to have your data compromised. But celebrities are not the only ones getting hacked. Cybercriminals aren’t choosy—they’ll send malicious texts, emails, and website links to Jennifer Lawrence and your grandma. And while the celebrity hacks are more publicized, the fact is, every day, hundreds of ordinary people are falling prey to phishing scams.
So how can you protect yourself from these cybercriminals? The best defense is actually you.
Many of these scams involve a similar thing—the click. So if you learn how to click wisely, 95% of cybercrime techniques—including phishing, bad URLs, fake text messages, infected pdfs, and more—are eliminated.
Here are some tips to get you started
- Check URLs for misspellings or interesting suffixes. For example, if you see www.faceboook.ru, don’t click it.
- Only open texts and emails from people you know. But even if you do know the sender, be wary for any suspicious subject lines or links. Hackers can try to lure you through your friends and family.
- Beware of emails, texts, and search results offering anything for free. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn’t true.