Earlier in May, you might have received a convincing phishing email appearing to come from someone you know asking you to view a shared Google Doc. After recipients clicked on the email’s embedded button, cybercriminals gained access to such valuable information as contact lists and Google Drive files.

Although Google quickly alerted users and blocked the accounts responsible for this widespread scam, it’s important to know how to spot phishing and protect your personal and institutional information right from the start.

Thankfully, lynda.com now offers a seven-minute quick course with tips for recognizing and handling these malicious emails. The “Avoiding Phishing Scams” course introduces you to telltale signs of phishing emails, as well as walks you through examples of previous email scams.

If you receive a phishing email in the future, reporting it to Penn State’s Office of Information Security (OIS) helps prevent these fraudulent messages from targeting other Penn Staters and stealing sensitive information. To view recently reported phishing emails, report a scam, and learn more security tips, visit the OIS phishing website.

If you’d like more free, online training on cybersecurity, check out the “Browsing the Web Securely” or “Learning Mobile Device Security” courses from lynda.com.

While phishing scams and cybercriminals will continually evolve and improve in their techniques, having the knowledge to recognize these malicious emails can ensure your personal and institutional information remains secure.

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