Protect Yourself Against Spearphishing

The Russian conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 presidential campaign relied on a common scam called "spearphishing." While the history-making scam may sound sophisticated, this form of digital fraud is running rampant. Anyone using email is likely to be attacked these days. Here are some tips to protect yourself.

In a spearphishing attack, a hacker sends you an email message to trick you into disclosing your username and password to a secure account. The message looks like it's from a legitimate source you trust.

New variants of the scam are appearing so fast that anti-virus software can't keep up, which puts you on the front line in defending yourself from attack. Perhaps the most important way to thwart an attack is by looking at links in emails before clicking.

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This article was written by a professional financial journalist for Fisher Financial Advisors and is not intended as legal or investment advice.

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