Shaken/Stir is a framework of standards that are being adopted by phone service providers. Calls traveling through phone networks will have their Caller ID validated by carriers prior to being delivered to consumers. It is currently in the works.
In the meantime, Sandy has noticed an increased volume of Robocalls, have you? While you wait for Shaken/Stir, the major cell providers are offering tools to help:
AT&T offers a service called "Call Protect" (free)
Verizon calls their service "Call Filter" (free)
T-Mobile's extended protection ($4.00 per month)
Sprint premium caller ID app ($2.99 per month)
Major features of the solutions include:
- Automatic fraud blocking
- Enhanced caller ID
- Reverse number lookup
- Caller verification
Contact your cell provider and make sure you're enrolled. Enjoy a little more time in your day not clicking on "reject call".
Third Party Phishing Attacks
We are taught to pay attention to the "Sender" of every email. There can be a slight change in the email address. For instance, firstname.lastname@example.org might be email@example.com - Notice the difference? You probably caught the second "i" . But what if you received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org ? Would you even think twice?
Passwords that are compromised are not just sold in bulk. Criminals can send you email from those user's accounts. These are called: "3rd Party Attacks" and they always come with an "ask" to click on a link.
If you receive a very generic email from a known sender don't be shy. Pick up the phone and ask the sender if they sent it. If they didn't they will be grateful and change their password. If they did, they might just be happy to hear from you.
A Reminder about Junk Email
As a reminder, all suspected Spam email is now being forwarded to your Junk E-mail folder in Outlook (Junk or Spam in other mail software).
Please be mindful of the Junk E-mail folder nested in the left hand navigation of Outlook or other mail system. If you suspect you are missing email, it might be waiting for you in the Junk E-mail folder.
Additionally, the following link is a video tutorial of instructions on how to mark items as spam and move items to your inbox: https://youtu.be/ZUDwu0VqUU8
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