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ESL Digital Literacy

Week 3. Cybersecurity

Because of the potential of being hit by cyber-attackers and having your personal information stolen, it is important to stay safe online. It is important to watch out for Spams, scams and phishing. For more information, check out my other article on cybersecurity.

During your time using the computer, you may be exposed to suspicious messages. Many of these messages, known as phishing emails, pretend to be official emails in order to entice you into opening them. It is important to detect suspicious messages as to keep your personal information safe and to keep your devices from viruses.

Below are the tell-tale signs of a phishing email:

  • Sense of urgency: When the sender says you only have a limited time to respond.
  • Spelling and grammar errors: A real company does not send out messages with such errors. 
  • Alert! Alert!: The message sounds urgent, making you worry that something is wrong with
    your account. 
  • “Friend” in trouble: You see a photo of someone you know, but the message isn’t really from them.
  • Shortened URL: A web address that has been condensed and that could mislead a user into going into a risky website.
  • Too good to be true: Identity thieves often offer easy chances to win free money or prizes. 
  • Generic or missing greeting: Real companies send messages that address customers by name. 

Examples of suspicious messages

Challenge: Find the Real Message!

Of these messages, only one is legitimate. Find the message that is real.

Week 2 Quiz

Week 3 Slides

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