An email regarding Dropbox.com (which I recommend and love) popped up in my Outlook. If the button had been engaged I would have noticed the message came to an email that I don’t use with Dropbox. I would have observed the little warning icon that this could be something ‘bad’.
I was fortunate that the button did kick in when a site began to slowly open that wasn’t sensible. I slammed it shut and didn’t wait to see what might come next. Belated due diligence led me to some former hacking issues with Dropbox and phishing activity with the ‘proper’ isp addresses.
Changing passwords for the accounts that I have connected to Dropbox made me feel better. While I love it, I don’t keep confidential information if a hacker were to get into my files. I am more concerned about being a conduit for malware on my computers and a tool for the phishers to get at others.
Dropbox was the ‘hook’ used to phish this time attempting to topple the blocks. But there is something almost every day from a place that gets our attention…PayPal, the bank, the hospital, the online retailer. We have some responsibility to tell the phishers to take a hike and not cooperate with them in any way. The best practice is to have that Critical Thinking and Pay Attention reflex turned on…don’t even open the email.
After a season of marketing, my calendar is filling. As the tasks find their places, the Critical Thinking is pulled in different directions. A warning has come to Bar JD and we’re on track for the future. So long, phishers…we’re glad to see you go!