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WannaCry Ransomware Outbreak

In light of the WannaCry Ransomware outbreak, here are some tips and best practices for protecting yourself against ransomware:

1. Do not trust the email display name.  A favorite phishing tactic among cybercriminals is to spoof the display name of an email. This fraudulent email, once delivered, appears legitimate because most user inboxes only present the display name. If it looks suspicious, do not open the email.

2. Look, but do not click. Hover your mouse over any links embedded in the body of the email. If the link address looks strange or you do not recognize it, do not click on it.

3. Check for spelling mistakes. Brands are very serious about email. Legitimate messages usually do not have major spelling mistakes or poor grammar. Read your emails carefully and report anything that seems suspicious.

4. Do not give personal information. Legitimate companies and financial institutions will never ask for personal credentials via email.

5. Beware of urgent or threatening language in the subject line. Invoking a sense of urgency or fear is a common phishing tactic. Beware of subject lines that include threatening language.

6. Do not believe everything you see. Phishers are extremely good at what they do. Just because an email has convincing brand logos, language, and a seemingly valid email address, does not mean that it is legitimate. If it looks even remotely suspicious, don’t open it.

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