This is the third post in my Creating a Disaster Preparedness Plan series. While disasters are prime environments for phishing to take off, it’s also prevalent during the busy holiday shopping season with bills coming due and often unexpected packages packages out for delivery.
Why I care about phishing, and you should too
It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in it. The social engineering behind many of the attacks has grown ever sophisticated over the years. There were several 2016 phishing horror stories. Phishing led to the email scandal during the election, as found in Teen Vogue (I don’t remember seeing articles like that in those magazines when I was younger). Fake invoices, IRS scams, and shipping notices are also still quite prevalent. See ‘We could not deliver your parcel’ email could be scam, UPS’s Fraudulent Email info page, Customer Protection Center at FedEx, and Beware USPS phishing scam!.
How do you build this into your Disaster Preparedness Plan?
The FTC offers a guideline of steps to take. Please make sure you have in place the steps needed to stop & close financial accounts, multiple ways to access your email, and also your social media.
If you can turn on two-step or two-factor authentication please do that, especially for the more sensitive information such as your bank or credit card company. You should be using unique passwords and some sort of manager for them.
Other posts I’ve written about phishing
- 5 tips to stay safe from phishing (February 2015)
- Digital Credibility and Phishing after Hurricane Sandy (November 2012)
- Digital Credibility and Phishing, Part V — Protecting your identity (June 2012)
- Digital Credibility and Phishing, Part III – Phishing (June 2012)
- 2016 Phishing Nightmare Stories by David Jamieson at tripwire December 20, 2016
- Eight things you need to do right now to protect yourself online by Alex Hern of theguardian November 15 2016
- Social Engineering and Phishing info page at Georgia Perimeter College