Have you been dogged by phishing attempts, or even been taken by a phishing attack? Even if you’re just trying to be diligent about your workplace awareness regarding email phishing scams, we have some information you’ll want to take in.
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Dangerous links found in emails, social media and even online advertising continue to cause havoc with large and small companies across the country, as well as right here in Tucson.
Although nobody wants to fall prey to an email phishing scam, there’s a good reason that such scams will continue: They’re successful enough for cybercriminals to make significant profits from them, unfortunately.
Phishing scams have been around practically since the inception of the Internet, and they will not go away anytime soon. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid becoming a victim yourself.
Here are some basic tips to help keep yourself safe from a phishing website or exploit:
- Stay Informed About Email Phishing Techniques. New phishing scams are being developed all the time. Stay aware of news about new phishing scams. By finding out about them as early as possible, you will be at a much lower risk of getting caught by one. For IT administrators, ongoing security awareness training and simulated phishing for all users is highly recommended in making security paramount throughout your organization.
- Think Before You Click! Clicking on links when you’re on trusted sites is fine. However, clicking on links that appear in random emails and instant messages isn’t such a wise decision. Hover over links that you are unsure of before clicking on them. Do they lead where they are supposed to lead? A phishing email may claim to be from a legitimate company and when you click the link to the website, it may look exactly like the real website. The email may ask you to fill in the information but the email may not contain your name. Most phishing emails will start with a generic “Dear Customer” so you should be alert when you come across these emails. When in doubt, go directly to the source rather than clicking on a potentially dangerous link.
- Verify a Site’s Security. It’s natural to be a little wary about supplying sensitive financial information online. As long as you are on a secure website, however, you shouldn’t run into any trouble. Before submitting any information, make sure the site’s URL begins with “https” and there’s a closed-lock icon near the address bar. Check for the site’s security certificate as well. If you get a message stating a certain website may contain malicious files, do not open the website. Never download files from suspicious emails or websites.
- Use Firewalls – Preferably High-Quality Firewalls. These act as buffers between you, your computer and outside intruders. You should use two different kinds: a desktop firewall and a network firewall. The first option is a type of software, and the second option is a type of hardware. When used together, they drastically reduce the odds of hackers and phishers infiltrating your computer or your network. Earth Web Technologies can be your guide here and on all of these steps.
- Be Wary of Pop-Up ads and Clickbait. Pop-up windows often masquerade as legitimate components of a website. All too often, though, they are phishing or clickbait attempts. Many popular browsers allow you to block pop-ups; you can allow them on a case-by-case basis. If one manages to slip through the cracks, don’t click on the “cancel” button; such buttons often lead to phishing sites. Instead, click the small “x” in the upper corner of the window.
- Never Give Out Personal Information. Never share personal or financially sensitive information over the Internet – until and unless you have over-the-phone or in-person verification from an associate who can be vouched for. Most of the phishing emails will direct you to pages where entries for financial or personal information are required. You should never make confidential entries through the links provided in emails. Never send an email with sensitive information to anyone. Make it a habit to check the address of the website. Remember, a secure website always starts with “https”.
- Use Antivirus Software. There are plenty of reasons to use antivirus software. Special signatures that are included with antivirus software guard against known technology workarounds and loopholes. Just be sure to keep your software up to date. New definitions are added all the time because new scams are also being dreamed up all the time. Anti-spyware and firewall settings should be used to prevent phishing attacks and users should update the programs regularly. Firewall protection prevents access to malicious files by blocking the attacks. Antivirus software scans every file which comes through the Internet to your computer. It helps to prevent damage to your system.
- You don’t have to live in fear of computer phishing scams. By employing the preceding guidelines, you should be able to enjoy a worry-free online experience.
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Earth Web Technologies specializes in helping large and small companies throughout the Tucson metro area keep their companies secured from all cyber threats, including email phishing scams.
Internet phishing and spear phishing attacks continue to plague organizations as cyber criminals use this technique to fool staff members by having them click on links in fake or lookalike emails from your delivery companies, banks/credit card companies and other vendors.
With our help, however, you can put a stop to email phishing and spear phishing fraud and their negative impact on your company.
Call us today at (520) 333-3374 or email us for more information on protecting yourself, your company, and your bottom line from spear phishing and email phishing scams.