Thursday, May 19, 2016

Safe Computer Practice Tip

Most email scams are obvious. But some are very clever and difficult to detect even for the trained eye. This morning, an intern in our office got an email purporting to be from Drop Box saying, "You haven't logged in to Drop Box for more than a year. To avoid cancellation of your account, click on this link [LINK] and log in." It is difficult to over-state the opprobrium that was cast upon the intern for clicking on the link. The intern protested because it turned out to be a legitimate email from Drop Box. The opprobrium remained in place, however, because as explained to the intern, here is the best practice: Do NOT click on any such referenced link. Instead, go to the website itself and do as you wish to do. It's one extra click and safety always pays.

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