Protect Your Company From Phishing Scams
Phishing scams affect hundreds of businesses each year; compromising your company’s information and negatively affecting your reputation. Phishing is one of the most used and successful types of attacks on business because they target a company’s employees.
How phishing works
Typically, the cybercriminal sends an email to an unsuspecting employee that appears to be from a legitimate source: a coworker or IT support personnel, government agency, bank, a social media or networking site, even a friend or family member in an attempt to get them to click on an embedded link or open an attachment. If they click on the link they are often directed to a false website that appears to be legitimate in an attempt to get them to enter information that can be used to gain access to the company’s information.
What are cybercriminals after
When cybercriminals target a business through a phishing attack they rarely have a specific target employee. What they’re after is information that can be used to commit future crimes or that can be sold: client information, credit card numbers, usernames and password, and sensitive company information.
How to protect yourself and business
- Watch for impersonal greetings. Emails from “coworkers” that misspell your name or don’t address you by name should be confirmed with a supervisor. Generic greetings like “Hi” or “Dear Customer” are often red flags because a cybercriminal may not know your name or is sending out a bulk email.
- The use of threatening or intimidating language in an attempt to get you to perform an action such as following a link or sending personal information.
- Don’t open attachments! Phishing emails will contain attachments that contain malicious software. Attachments may be PDFs, zip.files, Microsoft Word or Excel.
- Check the link before you click. If in doubt of a link, scroll your mouse over the link to see the destination of the link. If the destination ISN’T from the website or company that sent the email, DO Not click on it!
- Make sure your employees know what to do if they receive a suspicious email and what company policy is in regards to private email use.
If you are a business owner or manage IT for your company, contact Pros 4 Technology to learn more and how to protect your business from phishing scams and threats.