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DON'T BE AN APRIL FOOL

A week doesn't go by now that I don't receive a fishy email. An email that appears to be from my email service or bank that carries an anxiety inducing message. Now that it's tax time I even got an email that looked like it came from the IRS! These are all phishing scams.

Merriam-Webster's definition of phishing: a scam by which an email user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly.

Your first line of defense is to NEVER CONFIRM YOUR PASSWORD IN AN E-MAIL OR THROUGH A LINK IN AN E-MAIL. If you discover that you've unwittingly succumbed to a phishing scam, here are some resources at your disposal:

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team:  http://www.us-cert.gov/nav/report_phishing.html

You can forward the e-mail to: reportphishing@antiphishing.org. http://www.antiphishing.org/ is a volunteer organization devoted to helping people identity and avoid scams.

READ MORE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

WHERE TO FIND ABBY IN APRIL

If you or your digitally-challenged loved ones need some technology demysitication, come on down! I'll be speaking in California, Connecticut, and New York this month. Take a look at my Events Calendar. I may be speaking in your area.

We'll have a great time and I can answer your questions face-to-face. Please make a point of introducing yourself. I'd love to say "Hi!".
EVENTS CALENDAR
"Is This Thing On?" is now in bookstores and available online!!

If you're already got a copy in your hands, I would hugely appreciate it if you would write a review on Amazon. Let's get the word out so I can help more people cross the Digital Divide!!
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