We'll just start with this—email is great. You can send interesting articles, work memos or even birthday cards to loved ones at the touch of a button.
But much like social media sites (with children bullying each other on Facebook and endless ads being thrown at our faces), email has its drawbacks.
According to reports from Business Insider, hackers are disguising themselves as Adobe security alerts. As soon as people open the email from these Adobe posers that claim there's an "important Flash update" in the subject line, malware begins to infect your computer. Which, as you can imagine, is NOT good.
The attackers use a "spear phishing" approach to get you to download their malware. The emails appear to come from a legitimate source, but if you click the link in the message, your personal information could be compromised.
Back in 2014, the group thought to be connected to this current string of attacks was believed to have stolen 4.5 million social security numbers and personal data from healthcare organizations.
To protect yourself and your data, DON'T click on any link claiming that you need to install Adobe software. The email address associated with the attacks is [email protected]
With more and more hackers compromising data on the Internet, we need to be even more careful about what we do online.