Cybersecurity Focus: Beware of Phishing Scams

Cybersecurity Focus: Beware of Phishing Scams

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month; each week has a different cybersecurity focus.  This week (October 1-7), we focus on Phishing.

Phishing email messages, websites, and phone calls are designed to steal money. Cybercriminals can do this by installing malicious software on your computer or stealing personal information off of your computer. Cybercriminals also use social engineering to convince you to install malicious software or hand over your personal information under false pretenses. They might email you, call you on the phone, or convince you to download something off of a website.

For an example of a phishing email, go to

Remember that you can use a phishing filter to protect yourself.  For more information on protection, reporting phishing attempts, and for what to do in case you have fallen victim to a particularly clever phishing scam, go to

For more general cybersecurity tips and tricks, go to


Content release date: Monday, October 01, 2012