For hackers, data is currency. One of the ways that a lot of hackers obtain your data is through phishing. Two of the most common types of phishing are when the hackers send an email that’s disguised as communication from a legitimate source and when there is a message with a link to a dangerous website.
Business employees are particularly good targets for phishing because if they interact with these fraudulent emails while on the business network, then the hackers now have a huge opening to steal business data. It’s actually really common for some unsuspecting person to be busy at work, then click on a link in an email that looks legitimate and just like that your network is being hacked.
Don’t Be Baited by Phishing!
You’d think that the major corporations would be the main targets of phishing and other hacking attempts, but that is a dangerous (and common!) misconception. Actually, a small business is actually a far more interesting target. For one, most small businesses just don’t have the network protection that the big guys have. It’s basically like being back in the schoolyard again: Hackers, the bullies, are much more likely to go after four or five little kids than they are to go after the one popular kid with all his friends protecting him.
So how do you protect your business network and data from those hacker-bullies? A healthy dose of skepticism goes a long way! If something looks the least bit out of the ordinary, don’t click on it. Watch email headers and signatures closely. If the email says it’s from a legitimate source, that isn’t always reliable. Email addresses are disturbingly easy to fabricate. It’s also important to use caution when browsing and searching the web. If you have a question or need to research something, the most common reaction is to go to your favorite search engine and type in your query. Keep in mind that not every site that comes up is going to be legitimate. Look for “https://” at the beginning of the site address, this means that the site is secure and encrypted.
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