When we go online, no one thinks they’ll become a victim to internet phishing and hacking. But the WannaCry and DocuSign hacks serve as good reminders to remain vigilant, especially regarding emails. Cybercriminals are consistently throwing out more sophisticated forms of bait with the hopes that people will bite. Here are some common tips to avoid a hack from your inbox:

When in doubt, go to the service directly.

For example, if you receive a questionable email from Netflix to update your credit card, don’t click on the link in the email. Instead, go to directly by typing the URL yourself.

Be skeptical of email attachments and links.

Don’t open unknown or suspicious attachments such as PDFs, Word documents or zip files. Ask yourself – did I ask Bob for a document? I haven’t spoken with Bob in 2 years, why would he be sending me a PDF? When in doubt, reach out to Bob before clicking.

Other quick tips:

  • Enable two-factor authentication where possible (Google, Facebook, Apple, etc.)
  • Use strong, unique passwords and don’t reuse passwords on multiple websites
  • Ensure your anti-virus software and operating system are up to date