Welcome to the May Compliance Blog Post!
As part of HealthPoint’s ongoing HIPAA Security Program, Brian Thurston and Katherine Hall (the HIPAA Security and Privacy Officers) are sending out quarterly HIPAA reminders. To kick off the second Quarter of 2023, we will discuss how to report a phishing email!
What is Phishing?
Phishing is when hackers send emails, text messages, etc., pretending to be someone else. They normally encourage you to click on a link and look like it has come from a trusted source. In the image below, you can see that this looks like a legitimate email from PayPal. However, upon closer inspection, we can see that the email address is from outlook.com, not paypal.com.
Clicking on any of the links in this email could download harmful viruses to your computer, and inputting credentials could lead to your account being hacked.
What to do if you suspect Phishing?
Both the Outlook desktop and web apps are equipped with a feature called “Phish Alert” that allows users to securely send phishing emails to the IT department for review. To do this, you will click the suspicious email and then select the “report phishing” button in the upper right-hand corner of the panel (see images below)
You can also select the message, and choose the “Report” option on the left side of the panel and select report phishing (see images below).
Once you have reported, you will see this message.
Together, we can all keep our data safe from phishers!