“Why can’t I send the password through email? It’s so convenient!”
If you’ve heard or thought this question before, you’re right – it is convenient! But is it safe? Not so much.
Sending passwords through email is a common practice, but the potential for unintentional disclosure of private and personal information is sky-high. This tends to happen frequently in the workplace, as employees may not understand the ramifications of such disclosure or may not be cognizant of the confidentiality of certain data.
Have you ever received an email that seemed…just a little too good to be true? Maybe a promise of one million dollars from an estate you just happened to be entitled to in some extraordinary person’s will? After you pay an advance-fee, of course. Maybe this video will make you think twice before getting caught on a phisher’s hook.
Don’t be like Michael Scott. “Phishing” is a type of cyber scam that involves sending a fake email (like the “Prince of Nigeria” from the video), dressed up to appear credible, that convinces you to either give up personal information or unknowingly install malware on to your system. This type of scam is tricky, but can be prevented or evaded.