Netflix Phishing Attack – What You and Your Friends and Family Need To Know

This phishing scheme started a while ago (maybe as early as about January, 2017), but it’s making headlines again now. You may have seen TV news stories, online news reports, etc. It’s dangerous, and we’re glad that it’s getting coverage.

Aside: Why are there a ton of headlines about it now if this started months ago? Because the 21st century. News sources will pick up and run with a story they think will be or is already popular. It’s how we get shoddy reporting and fake news forwards.

But 21st century news quality is a different topic for a different time. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Phishing update.

If you’d like a reminder of what Phishing is and why it’s a big deal – here is our definition article.

This Netflix attack is really dangerous. It looks legit. The attackers did a very good job with the emails and the website, and it seems to be working.

You can read a ton of articles detailing the issue. One of my favorites is from Wired.

For our purposes, here are three things you can do to help ensure that you don’t fall prey to this or other attacks. For more tips see our definition article we linked to above:

  1. Don’t blindly click on email links, even from scary looking emails like the ones generated by these attackers. Ex: If you get a Netflix email that says your account will be terminated, go directly to the Netflix site instead of clicking on the email link. Sign in, go to “My Account” and then see what the site says.
  2. Use a password manager (we love Dashlane), and consider using a different email address for your entertainment accounts than you do for the rest of your life. Email addresses are easy and free to create with Google, Outlook.com, Yahoo, etc.
  3. Use OpenDNS on your home network. It’s easy to set up and it will keep you safe from many of these types of sites – when you and your family are home.
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