As technology continually evolves, so do the ways that hackers insidiously plot new, devious ways to steal critical data from consumers and businesses. One of the most convenient modern Internet features is Internet browser auto-fill — the mechanism by which browsers (including Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox) give you the option to click “auto-fill” and automatically populate form fields and log-in requests based on your web history.

While this is convenient for consumers, it has also proven to be a cybersecurity risk. Computer users are reporting that new phishing attacks allow hackers to steal personal information by placing invisible form fields on websites. Depending on how much information you have saved, it might auto-fill with data including your phone number, address, or even credit card number.

These phishing attacks tend to occur on malicious websites that users unintentionally visit by clicking on an unfamiliar link in a spam email or opening an unwanted or suspicious email attachment.

Though you may feel helpless against the constant barrage of cybersecurity attacks like this troubling new auto-fill situation, it’s important to be proactive in protecting your personal and business data. Utilize common sense first: don’t click on any link in an email without hovering over and previewing it first, and never open attachments from unfamiliar senders.

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