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Steps to take if you accidentally click on a phishing link

Posted at 6:48 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 07:48:48-04

Most of us are careful before clicking on a link in an email, text message, or social media. But, if you accidentally click on a link and notice that something is not right, here are a few things that you can do to minimize the damage and protect your information:

As soon as you notice that something is wrong, disconnect network cables or from wifi.

Check for viruses or malware by performing an anti-virus and malware detection scan of your computer or device.

If you have not done a back-up in a while, back things up as soon as possible.

Change passwords and user names.

If it appears that one or more of your accounts have been compromised, contact your bank, businesses, or agencies and ask for their help in protecting your account against fraudulent activity.

For more information about phishing scams, visit FTC.gov.

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