12 Tips on How to Avoid Phishing Scams

Phishing scams have become increasingly sophisticated, posing a significant threat to our online security. With cybercriminals constantly evolving their tactics, it’s crucial to stay vigilant and informed. Here are some tips to keep yourself and your data safe:

  1. Think Before You Click: Be cautious when clicking on links in emails or messages, especially if they’re from unknown sources. Hover over the link to preview the URL before clicking.
  2. Verify the Sender: If you receive an email requesting personal information or funds, verify the sender’s identity through a trusted channel, not by replying to the suspicious message.
  3. Check for Spelling and Grammar: Many phishing emails contain typos and grammatical errors. If it doesn’t look professional, it might not be.
  4. Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Enable 2FA wherever possible to add an extra layer of security to your accounts.
  5. Beware of Urgent Requests: Scammers often create a sense of urgency to make you act without thinking. Always take a moment to assess the situation.
  6. Keep Software Updated: Regularly update your operating system, antivirus, and other software to patch vulnerabilities that scammers may exploit.
  7. Educate Yourself: Stay informed about the latest phishing techniques and scams. Knowledge is your best defense.
  8. Use a Reputable Email Filter: A good email filter can help identify and quarantine phishing attempts before they reach your inbox.
  9. Report Suspicious Activity: If you receive a phishing attempt, report it to your IT department, email provider, or relevant authorities.
  10. Be Wary of Impersonation: Cybercriminals often impersonate trusted organizations, so verify the legitimacy of any requests for personal information or payments.
  11. Don’t Share Personal Information: Never share sensitive information, like passwords or social security numbers, through email or messages.
  12. Secure Your Wi-Fi: Ensure your home and work Wi-Fi networks are secure and use strong passwords.


By using these techniques you can avoid phishing scams and stay stafe. If you have any questions about phishing scams or have question about how to safeguard your data get in touch with one of our Progress Coordinators. They will guide through the complexities of cybersecurity.

Jacob Billings
PhD Candidate - Complex Systems

I am a software engineer, linguist, and researcher of Complex Systems. I hold a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Utah, a Master’s degree in linguistics from Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala City, and I am a doctoral candidate in Complex Systems at the Polytechnic University in Madrid, Spain.

Software Development: I bring over 20 years of experience in developing software for multiple clients in various environments. I have a solid knowledge of PHP, Javascript, MySQL, NoSQL, Python, and Java.

Over my career, I have had the opportunity to work on projects for some of the most recognized brands on the planet. Brands like Marriott Hotels, Microsoft, Ashland Chemical, Capital One Credit Cards, Cadbury Schweppes, GE and more. This has given me an in-depth understanding of my client's challenges as they grow. I know how to get a company from startup to maturity with technology. My specialties are in E-commerce(specifically Magento), process automation, and security.