Be suspicious of seductive offers or urgent demands online.
If something is too good to be true, it usually is – especially on the internet.
Criminal hackers not only exploit technical systems but also try to manipulate you. Some of them use sophisticated psychological methods to make you reveal sensitive information or click a link.
You might have seen emails urging you to change your password by threatening to delete all your data. Maybe you once visited a website with a very tempting offer. Or maybe you’ve received a call from someone claiming to be with ‘Microsoft Support’ telling you to install some software.
Be suspicious of seductive offers of any kind (shoes, money, jobs, love…).
Take your time. Even if you’re told to do something urgently, take a minute and think about whether following the request is right. Passwords are never to be passed on, and internal information is shared only with assigned colleagues.
Call back. Every time you’re not sure whether an offer or request is a fraud or not, check on it. If you receive an email sent by your colleague but the request and language are unusual, call your colleague and verify the email. In case of a phone call, tell the person you’ll call back after verifying the request.