Watch Out for Phishing Emails: Protect Your Login Credentials

Here at Vector Choice, we take your cybersecurity very seriously. Phishing scams are a constant threat, and staying vigilant is crucial. Today, we want to highlight a recent tactic scammers are using: fake login fiascos.

Imagine receiving an email claiming unusual activity on your Microsoft account. The email warns that features have been locked and urges you to click a link to review the activity. This email is a phishing attempt designed to steal your login credentials.

How Phony Login Scams Work

These scams rely on urgency and fear. The email creates a sense of panic, pressuring you to click the link before investigating further. Clicking the link takes you to a fake login page that looks identical to the real Microsoft login. If you enter your username and password, scammers steal your credentials.

Protecting Yourself from Phishing Scams

  • Be skeptical of unsolicited emails. Legitimate companies won't pressure you to take immediate action through email.
  • Don't click on suspicious links. Hover over the link to see the actual destination URL before clicking.
  • Go directly to the source. If you're concerned about your account security, visit the official website (by typing the address directly into your browser) and log in there.
  • Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA adds an extra layer of security, requiring a code from your phone or another device in addition to your password.

What to Do If You Fall Victim

If you suspect you've entered your credentials on a fake login page, take action immediately:

  • Change your password. Use a strong, unique password for each of your online accounts.
  • Scan your device for malware. Use a reputable antivirus or anti-malware program.
  • Report the scam. Forward the phishing email to your email provider and report it to the Federal Trade Commission at
  • Contact Your MSP. Partner with us. We are here to help and mitigate risk when these issues happen.

By following these steps, you can protect yourself from phishing scams and keep your online accounts secure.


If you have any questions about cybersecurity or suspect a phishing scam has targeted you, don't hesitate to contact us today!