How to Protect Your Business from a Phishing Scam
Phishing scams are among the most widespread forms of cybercrime in the 21st century. And why not? They are easy to set up and require little effort to maintain, generating a potentially large return for little investment. As these dangerous activities continue to climb in quality and quantity, it’s vital that business owners do everything they can to avoid falling victim to attacks that could result in very real and very serious financial losses. Worried about being targeted by a phishing scam? Here are some tips to help you combat this ever growing threat.
What is phishing?
Phishing scams are perpetrated online by tech-savvy con artists and identity theft criminals. Hackers use fake websites and false emails to trick you into disclosing sensitive information—most commonly bank account passwords and credit card numbers. Once the phishers have reeled you in, they can use your data to create fraudulent accounts, destroy your credit, and steal your money or your identity.
Don’t respond to emails that request personal information
Be cautious of emails asking for confidential information—especial those asking for money. Legitimate businesses will never ask for sensitive information like passwords or account details from their customers. Be wary about opening attachments and downloading files from emails, no matter the source. If you think the email is suspicious, it is a good idea to contact the company by phone or visit their website.
Watch out for generic-looking emails
Beware of generic-looking requests for information. Sham emails usually start with “Dear Sir/Madam” and frequently include sensational messages like “urgent – your account details may have been stolen.” Banks or reputable e-commerce companies, however, usually personalize their emails—often referencing an account you may have with them.
Keep your computer safe
Some phishing emails contain software that can keep track of all your internet activities (spyware) or enable cyber-criminals to gain backdoor access to your computer, allowing them to spy on you and steal sensitive information (Trojans). Using ant-virus software and firewall settings and updating the programs regularly will help detect and block malicious software before it has a chance to reach your system.
Use an IT managed service provider
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