Don’t be a victim of cyber criminals. Learn how to protect your computer from malware.
We can all play a part in preventing cybercrime. The first step is learning to identify suspicious messages.
Identifying and managing spam
Spam refers to unsolicited junk emails that are sent to large numbers of people at once. Spam emails are typically advertising fake products or get rich quick schemes.
Don’t bother unsubscribing from spam emails; this just confirms to spammers that your email address works and that they should keep spamming you.
The most effective way of managing spam emails is to use your email settings to send these emails to your junk folder.
What is phishing?
Phishing (pronounced fishing) emails are more sinister than spam. They’re designed to trick you into providing personal information like:
- a mobile phone number
- usernames and passwords
- credit card details or bank details.
You’re in control with phishing emails
Criminals use email for the same reason legitimate business do, it’s a cheap way to get to a lot of people.
The phishing email you receive was probably sent to several thousand other people as well. You have the opportunity to outsmart these criminals by taking a few seconds to look for the signs that something is up.
Phishing emails often pretend to be from legitimate companies such as banks, courier companies, or government departments, and can contain links to fake websites.
These fake sites look very similar to the real ones, including ours, and are designed to trick people into entering their bank details.
Our Security team monitor the Internet for fake NAB websites and request to have them removed from the Internet to protect our customers.
Sometimes the emails will have an attachment that appears to be an invoice, or document. When you try to open the attachment, it installs malware on to your computer without your knowledge.