Phishing is the simplest way for the cyber criminals to launch their attack. The criminals use fraudulent e-mails to convince you to click on a suspicious link or open an attachment to install malware or redirect you to a landing page to steal personal data and login details.
Hackers recreate well-known websites to capture your user credentials, such as passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card information, to name a few. They then use this stolen information to access your banking and other accounts.
Phishing materials often look genuine and may appear to originate from real people, organizations, institutions, and websites. While there is no guarantee to be 100% safe from cyber attacks, the following precautions are suggested to better protect you:
- Maintain a medium or higher level of security on your browser settings.
- Make sure the web address of any site you visit begins with "https://". Some browsers show a padlock icon next to the https:// to indicate that you have a secure connection
- Log out after using an Internet banking or e-commerce service to ensure your session has closed.
- Keep your cookies and browser cache clear so that hackers cannot access your history and obtain information.
- Remember that hackers increasingly target children on social media and gaming websites.
- Be mindful of the sites you visit: Do not visit sites that provide illegal downloads or illegal content (e.g., file sharing). Even if you do not download any files, you are vulnerable to viruses that can infect your computer.
- Keep pop-ups and ads blocked, and never respond to pop-ups asking you to submit or resubmit your log-in information.
- Beware of urgent emails requiring action (e.g., "Security Check", "Activation", "Verification" or any request to wire funds or make other payments).
- Do not provide sensitive personal information over email. A better practice is to call the sender directly.
- Change the password to your home router. With an increase in remote working and confidential work-related information passing through home networks, there is an elevated risk of hackers attempting to access and use default router passwords as attack points.
Please report all phishing emails and email headers related to Credit Suisse to firstname.lastname@example.org.