The only downside is my personal email ID is now getting semi-regular spam, but, I flag the message as spam for my provider and they update their mail filters.
A few reminders:
- If you get an email from someone and you are not sure about the file attachment call the person, don't open the file.
- Use your ISP's spam filter.
- Use the spam filter in your email software.
- If it is a phishing attempt find out the legit email of the company targeted and send them a short note so that they are aware. Never click on the link within the email. Never send confidential information by email, companies will never ask you for your password, account information!
- When in doubt remove the email and contact the person. If it is legit they can resend the information.
- Keep you system up-to-date. It does not matter what O/S you run, keep it up-to-date!
- If you have anti-virus software, use it and keep it up-to-date!
- If you have a firewall, use it and keep it up-to-date!
- You can never be too paranoid, all it takes is one click and the crooks get information that they can use.
- For your papers/documents/bills at home, shred them before trashing/recycling them. A shredder does not cost very much and personal information that crooks can use is harder to get if it is in very small pieces. Shredders that can handle CDs are not much more expensive than regular shredders and they can also handle credit cards.
- If you get rid of your old PC make sure that you wipe the hard drive. It does not take a lot for someone to browse the drive and get personal information. If you are recycling the machine take out the drive (if possible) and take a hammer to the drive to really make sure no one can get the data on the drive. I had a neighbor who threw out their machine and I picked it up for spare parts. They actually didn't clean the drive at all and if I was less than honest I could have used that information. All I did was take a 5lb sledgehammer to the drive and then recycled it.