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Watch Out for Phish on Your Phone

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Like many people, you’re probably more relaxed about tapping links on your phone than you should be. Hackers and criminals know that you’re more likely to fall for a phish on a mobile device. According to Securityweek.com (https://www.securityweek.com/mobile-phishing-attacks-85-percent-annually), the rate that mobile users fall victim to phish has been increasing steadily every year since 2011.

There are a variety of reasons phish campaigns are increasingly successful on mobile devices. To protect yourself from these campaigns, be extra cautious when tapping links in emails, text messages, or direct messages from social media apps. Do not enter login information on websites or apps accessed via email or text messages, instead manually open the service’s official app or enter the service’s official URL into a new browser window.

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