Don’t click things

Did you know that even in this day and age, the most effective way for hackers to get into networks and computers is through clicked links in emails?

by Megan

I know, you can't believe it, right? You would never click on a link from an email address that you didn't know, right? Well, just in case anybody has forgotten, I'm here to remind you, don't click on that link. Don't click on anything - ever. Well, I guess you have to click on some things sometimes. So here are some tips to keep you safe.

First, change your instinctual "click the link" reaction and read the email first. That sounds easy but these days people just don't read emails, and it's especially easy to ignore the actual text when there's a pretty bright blue link that's going to explain it all quickly and easily without you having to skim a single word. Don't do this! Read the email. If it doesn't make sense to you, think twice. If it does make sense to you, think twice anyway. Many hackers and sundry ne'er-do-wells will use subjects that apply universally. So you may find yourself wondering "how did he know I needed help with my social media accounts?" Here is your answer: everybody needs help with their social media accounts. Don't click that link.

If you don't know who it's from, assume it's from a terrible person that is trying to hack into your computer. It sounds mean and judgmental, right? How do I know randomjoe@clickmylink.com is a bad person? His email said he tried to call you several times today.  Wouldn't it be rude not to venture onto his website to see just what he's about? The only safe way to be on the internet is to believe that every person you don't know is trying to steal your stuff - and maybe some of the people you do know because truthfully, you don't know that grandma sent you that email.

If they don't give you the REAL link, they're trying to steal your stuff. Hover over the link that you see in the email (don't click it - see above) and you'll see the actual link appear below your cursor or in the information bar at the bottom of your email program, depending on what program you use. If it's not the same as the text of the link, they're trying to trick you.

Finally, if in doubt, just don't click. And if you are genuinely curious, Google it. I know that sounds like a lot of trouble, but just wait until your bank information or your complete identity is stolen.  Then you'll know real trouble.  Just don't click it.  It won't keep you 100% safe on the internet - the only way to be 100% safe on the internet is to not be on the internet in the first place - but it's a good place to start.

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Jamie Madden

Jamie Madden

Pusher of pixels, writer of code, reluctant IT. Mechanic, musician, carpenter. Luthier, brick mason, roadie extraordinaire. Wearer of hats - real and metaphorical. He can regale you with tales of browsers gone by or help you tune the carb on a '64 Mercury - pick you out a tune or design your logo. He is 20 years into his quest to make the web a prettier and more useful place.

Paula Burgess

Paula Burgess

Being Queen Bee has its challenges. The key is to keep the hive alive and fun. Over 30 years of blood, sweat and tears have been spent nurturing an outstanding group of very active and creative worker bees who have developed a special blend that sets us apart. She wouldn't change a thing, other than having our busy bee hive moved to Hawaii. Nothing wrong with dreaming, a belief summed up by our motto - Everyone dreams dreams, few live them. Welcome to ours.

Graham Morris

Graham Morris

Graham and Paula have been together for a long time. They both actually worked for same company while La Tech students, graduated in same quarter, and both worked at same office in their first full-time jobs in their advertising careers before starting our little agency in 1986. He is a model car collector, proud father, and a master planner of client campaigns.

Sharon Armstrong

Sharon Armstrong

Sharon worked for 33 years as a Social Service Analyst for the State and retired in 2007 but did that prepare her for the hustle and bustle of advertising? She started her NMY residency as Media Assistant and later moved to Accounting. When she's not wrangling us she spends her time wrangling her family, crocheting, and working in the yard.

Megan Williams

Megan Williams

Just another artist in need of a paycheck. After six years of molding and messing about at Louisiana Tech University she found a home among the pixels at NMY. Things are different there. They need a special kind of thinker. When not making your website awesome, she's wrangling two children and creating other beautiful things.

Ashley McTurner

Ashley McTurner

A mother, a baker, and candlestick maker - well not really on the candlesticks. A ULM graduate who married her high school sweetheart and recently bought a house, is proud to be a media assistant at NMY.

Robin Thorpe

Robin Thorpe

As a self-proclaimed movie trivia master, Robin likes to spend time watching movies with her fiancé. Robin is NMY's college intern turned Production Assistant, but it doesn't stop there. She also interned for The Walt Disney Company! Robin is a recent ULM graduate, a cat mom, and a yoga enthusiast.

Kayleigh Mailhes

Kayleigh Mailhes

Just call her the Marketing Meteorologist! Kayleigh moved to Monroe as the "weather lady" for a local TV station. Now she's at NMY keeping jobs running smoothly and on track as project coordinator! What about life after work? Well, she loves spending time with her husband, son, and dog. Other loves include: running, BBQ, and fishing.

Adam Greene

Adam Greene

A coffee bean roasting soccer player? Yep. A crawfish boiling mass communicator? You know it. Studio jack-of-all-trades? Sure, and that's just the beginning. Business development and leading our video production department is Adam's real stock-in-trade. A ULM graduate, he married his high school sweetheart, bought a house, and joined the NMY team. A glutton for punishment, you say? Maybe. He's got two offspring – both girls.

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Jordan Greene

A Jedi Master of the camera. A Grand Overlord of editing footage. A Majestic Wonder of... awkward moments? That's why we keep him locked away in an edit bay, producing some of the best videos a human mind - the jury is still out on the "human" part - can devise. Sometimes we even let the magical beast out of his habitat to shoot our amazing footage. But we never let him stray too far.

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