How to protect your personal information online
While most of us look forward to the holidays as a time to give thanks, reconnect with family and friends and reflect on the past year, scammers and hackers see this busy time as an opportunity to catch you with your guard down.
Your email inbox might be flooded with offers from online retailers promoting sales, coupons and special deals. While most offers are probably legitimate, some of these messages may actually be instances of phishing.
What’s phishing? It’s when hackers send emails or text messages pretending to be from reputable companies in order to trick you into giving them what they want—typically, your personal information—like passwords or credit card numbers.
Some internet scams target seniors.1 To protect yourself from phishing, it’s important to learn the common forms, ways to spot a phishing message and how to report phishing scams.