The concept of "think before you click" is actually one of the most important factors in terms of information security.
When you receive an email, download a file(s) from the internet, or click on a link, think of the following:
- Is the email genuine, such as source address, spelling and context?
- Is this file(s) from a trustworthy source?
- Is the link legitimate, such as the destination of the URL?
Here are five easy rules to protect your information:
- Never disclose security details, such as your account credentials and security questions
- Don’t assume an email, text or phone call is authentic. Use the internet to confirm contact details if required
- Don’t be rushed. A genuine organisation won’t mind waiting
- Listen to your instincts. You know if something doesn’t feel right
- Stay in control. Don’t panic and make a decision you’ll regret.