Hackers deal in information. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company or a local small business if you have any kind of private information on your network your business is a target. Phishing is one of the most common methods that hackers use in an attempt to gain access to your data. The first step to protecting your network from phishing is to educate yourself and your employees on how to spot phishing attempts.
You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist or anything, but a healthy level of skepticism and caution should be applied when reading emails. If your email urges immediate action of any kind, it is wise to investigate its source. If it says “Act Now”, or there’s a threat of fines for inaction, there’s a pretty good chance it’s phishing.
Be Careful What You Click On
If an email looks “fishy” in any way, it should be flagged as suspicious, and investigated by your IT team. In most email programs, you can hover your cursor over hyperlinks and view the URL that they lead to. If you hover over a link and the URL appears to be suspicious in any way, don’t click on it.
If an email address says “email@example.com”, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the person is actually from that company, or that the person actually exists at all. So, if someone’s email said that they were firstname.lastname@example.org, and “Mr. Doe” was urging the recipient to act immediately or risk repercussions, there’s a strong chance that it’s a phishing email.
Along with phishing emails, hackers also target unsecured websites. If the URL of a site you’re visiting starts with “https://” and displays a padlock icon informing you that you have a secure connection to the server, you’re good to go. We’re all used to the HTTP beginning to URLs. The addition of the “S” on the URL means that the website has what’s known as an SSL. This more or less means that the site has been certified to be secure and not fraudulent.
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