Warning - Possible phishing scam via LinkedIn can open up all your private information - please share with all your contacts!
I have been receiving a reminder from a seemingly genuine LinkedIn email address reminding me to accept an invitation from someone I know. That I thought he was already a connection made me suspicious but it was when it diverted me to a page that asked me for my LinkedIn password the alarm bells started ringing.
I checked with this person and it seems he had been hacked and the attackers were perpetuating the affects by e-mailing his entire address book in order to pick up more passwords from innocent suspects. The fact that it was his image on the e-mail and the correct LinkedIn email address shows how easy it can be to trick the unsuspecting out of simple information.
Using many sites means that there are a lot of passwords to remember, however if you have a site with any private and personal information, or financial details then please try to use a unique password for each account. For help in choosing a good password read my previous blog about protecting your passwords.
Not only are you opening yourself up but that of your business too, these phishing scams use personal information to trick individuals into introducing malicious software onto their work systems, bypassing the usual anti-virus and firewall protection that exists. The long term effect can be quite costly to a business.
The best ways of preventing cyber crime is common sense and vigilance and below are a few tips which may help.
- If a site is sending you an e-mail asking for your password, or to follow a link stop and check. Most sites will not send you unsolicited e-mails asking for verification of personal e-mails. Go on to the site and double check
- Check the e-mail address the e-mail is coming from, if it looks suspicious then don’t click
- Are you expecting the e-mail? If it is not an attachment you expect to receive don’t open it
- If it looks too good to be true it probably is
- If in doubt check with your IT department
Head of Technology and Telecommunications