Protection from Phishing

The primary responsibility for protecting yourself from phishers lies with YOU. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Increase your Google account security
  • Be on guard
    • Be wary of any email with an urgent request for personal, account or financial information.
    • NEVER give your Unity password to anyone for any reason.
    • Assume that EVERY email request for your password is fraudulent.
    • Unless an email is digitally signed (a method of authenticating digital information), assume it’s not authentic.
  • Don’t fill out a form on a website unless you know it is secure.
    • Communicate credit card and other account information only through a secure website or over the telephone.
    • To ensure that you’re on a secure Web server, look for “https” in¬†its address in your browser’s address bar.
    • Look for a padlock or key symbol, usually at the bottom of your browser window (not in the Web page window).
    • Double click on that symbol to see the security certificate for the site.
    • Make sure that it matches the site you think you’re visiting.
    • But beware – a scammer may also use a secure website!
  • Regularly check your bank, credit and debit card statements (paper and online).
    • Verify each account at least once a month.
    • Ensure that all transactions are legitimate.
    • If anything is suspicious, contact your bank and all card issuers.
  • Ensure that your browser is up to date.
    • Make sure you apply the latest security updates.
    • If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to Internet Explorer help and make sure you have the latest version for your operating system.
  • Install and maintain antivirus and anti-spyware software
    • Some phishing email may contain software that can track your activities, disrupt your computer or simply slow it down.
    • Detect, manage and delete these threats by installing effective antivirus software and anti-spyware.
    • Keep it updated, either automatically or by downloading updates manually from the manufacturer’s website.
  • Stay informed.

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