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With the 2020 elections coming on strong already, I think it is important to talk about keeping yourself safe from "hacking".
When you think of hacking, most envision someone using a computer & complex code to break into your computer.
#Hacking can take many forms, many can be done done over the phone or through email messages. These scams are known as #Phishing.
Example: A phone call where someone asks you for information that are common security questions:

Your first car
Mother's maiden name
Birth City
They might pretend to be from your bank, your email or internet service provider, or your mortgage lender. They might pose as someone looking to verify your identity because of "unusual activity". This can come many ways, e.g. via a phone call, text message or email.
These kind of data are gathered via #SocialEngineering. This can take many forms & this type of hacking is an easy way to gain many types of information.
Some examples:
🧾Your account is overdrawn
💳Unusual credit card activity
📨Email password expiring
#Hackers don't really have to write a single line of code, all they have to do is pose as someone you trust & gain your account login, password, information you would use as security answers. Basically, hacking your brain. Gaining personal information is just the beginning.
If you click on a link, they can also instruct you to "update" something on your phone, computer or tablet
That update can be malware or ransomware. Something that can hijack your device, & either 'listen' to what you do or shut it down completely & demand 💵 to regain control
I know what you are thinking, that couldn't happen to me. Why would they be interested in me? For starters, these kinds of things are usually sent out to thousands of people as a time. Hoping that they will catch a few people in their scheme or rather catch the right people.
Remember the emails that were released from @johnpodesta? Those were gained by a #phishing scam. Asking him to change his gmail password. The hackers gained access instantly & were able to download all the emails from his account. There were also simultaneous attempts to ...
... access to emails, & network accounts that belonged to people who were part of the @DCCC & #DNC finance departments. According to the #MuellerIndictments the hackers gained access to everything on these people's computers. Everything

Is the ❓ in your mind "How do I keep this from happening"

✔️Don't give your personal information out to people who call you
✔️Don't click on links from unsolicited emails or text messages
✔️Don't participate in social media quizzes that ask for personal information or pics
Report suspected emails to that institution's phishing department (this can usually can be found by Googling the company's name & the word #Phishing)

If you receive a phone call, do not give them any information. Immediately hang up & call the real company immediately.
Be vigilant some of these emails can look official.
A few tell tale signs:

🕸️Shortened web addresses.
💥Hovering over the email address or web link shows a site other than the official company site.
🔥URGENT or threatening subject line
🗣️Grammar or spelling is not right
Things like a VPN & Anti-virus/malware software can help, but you are the first line of defense. Remember, you are the one that can keep bad things from happening to your device & your personal information.

Only you can prevent #phishing!
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