Cyber criminals generally use two methods to get your personal information. The first is getting you to reply to the phishing e-mail with your personal information. The other method is to get you to go from an e-mail to a Web site and enter your information. Legitimate organizations, like Ball State, would never request this information of you via e-mail. Here are some characteristics to look for when on a phishing Web site. 1. Poor resolution. Phishing Web sites are often poor in quality, since they are created with urgency and have a short lifespan. If the resolution on a logo or in text strikes you as poor, be suspicious. 2. Forged URL. Even if a link has a name you recognize somewhere in it, it doesn't mean it links to the real organization. a. Read URLs from right to left — the real domain is at the end of the URL. b. Web sites where it is safe to enter personal information begin with "https" — the "s" stands for secure. If you don't see "https" do not proceed. c. Look out for URLs that begin with an IP address, like http://188.8.131.52/creditunion/update. These are likely phishes.
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