The world is going digital these days, and with this digital economy, we can find businesses of all sizes facing cyber attacks. The methods used by these criminals are also getting more advanced and creative as they continuously look for new ways to commit these cybercrimes.
One such way cybercriminals try to gain private information and more about a business is through the use of phishing emails.
What is a Phishing Email?
Simply put, phishing emails are messages sent out to people that appear to be real and from a legitimate person, but they are completely fake and fraudulent. The primary objective of a phishing email is to trick the recipient into giving out private and privileged information regarding the company such as supplying them with access to the company’s systems or getting them to click on an infected site.
Protecting Yourself Against Phishing Emails
The best thing you can do when receiving any kind of email is to really take a look at who is sending it before you click on anything or open any links. Never go to any websites that may be deemed untrustworthy or suspicious and only respond to emails when you are absolutely sure of the who the sender really is.
Often, you will find that the name is familiar, but when you look further into the details, you will find that it is a completely different email address. They used an actual person’s name that you may know to lure you into the email.
Install an Anti-phishing Toolbar
Another defense against these cyber attacks is installing an anti-phishing toolbar on all of your internet browsers. These toolbars can effectively scan the sites that users visit and then match them to possible phishing sites. It will alert you and your staff to anything suspicious or potentially damaging.
Never Trust a Popup
Many websites use popups, but you should remember that popups are often used by scammers to commit fraud. Never click on a popup and to exit out of the popup, never click on the cancel or close window options because that is all that may be needed to send you to the phishing site. Instead, click the x in the top right-hand corner of the screen to exit the window.
Regularly Perform Updates
The most popular and well-known browsers offer regular updates that help keep up with the security of their browsers. Therefore, you should never ignore an update message. When the browser says it is time to update, install the newest update immediately.
Always Verify the Security of Each Website
Check the URL address of each site before you visit and supply any sensitive information such as payment accounts. Make sure it says “https” in the URL address, and it also features a closed lock icon to ensure the site is secure. Additionally, you should also be able to view the site’s security certificate as well.
Use Firewalls as a Buffer
Firewalls are one more defense a company can utilize when it comes to protecting their digital online presence. A firewall is what stands between your device and the potentially damaging cybercriminal.
You should always use Firewall software and hardware in combination to help reduce your chances of falling victim to a phishing scam.