14: Phishing and Social Engineering

This time of year your email inbox gets filled with invoices, receipts, and shipping notifications more than any other time. Because of that, you are much more likely to receive SPAM and other bogus emails that are 'phishing' you to click on links and provide information to inappropriate actors.

"Phishing is the activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by posing as a legitimate company." 

You should always be paying attention to links and attachments in any email you click on but especially around this time of year. Since you are expecting many packages and spending much more money, it is probable you will be much more likely to fall victim to malicious links or attachments in holiday season phishing attempts.

In this quick episode, we discuss a few quick tips on avoiding falling for the scams that will get you sharing too much information to the wrong people.

Here is a link to the Inc.com article I reference in this episode: 6 Holiday Season Email Scams

We also mention some great Snapchat feature enhancements you can learn about here and take advantage of this holiday season.

A quick note, we are done with full episodes for 2016. We will see you in the New Year starting January 5th.

Happy Holidays!


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