On internet time, phishing has been around as long as … well, actual fishing.
Phishing is a fraudulent email sent from what appears to be a reputable source but that is actually sent by cybercriminals. They hope you’ll click links in the email and give up personal information, passwords and / or credit card numbers – which they can sell or use for fraudulent purchases and / or identity theft.
The bad news? Phishing emails look more and more like the real deal every day. The good news? Many browsers have built-in security protocols. Plus, taking easy preventive steps – and a few extra seconds to look closely at potentially dangerous emails – can protect you from phish bait. Here are some ways to stay safe when you’re online with Wintek’s blazing-fast internet speeds or wherever you’re connected.
Nick Rogers is Tipmont's Communication Manager. He joined Tipmont REMC in 2021.
Nick has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In a previous life, he covered arts & entertainment and continues to publish film reviews. He loves movies (big shocker!) as well as rooting for the Chicago Cubs and trying new restaurants. He lives in Lafayette with his wife and dog.