Businesses take the time to secure their physical location with security guards, door locks, alarm systems, and other preventative measures. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for online security. Due to the ever-changing nature of technology, it can be hard to stay up-to-date with the many ways that scammers and hackers take advantage of users.
What is a phishing scam?
Phishing attacks are defined as electronic communications from scammers disguised as trusted, reliable sources to steal personal information from users including:
- Username and Password
- Social Security, Bank, and Credit Card Information
- Unique Answers for Commonly Asked Security Questions (i.e. What was your first car?, What is your mother’s maiden name?)
Prepare your employees
Employees are receiving emails every day from people in and outside the organization. Send out a company-wide email with step-by-step instructions for identifying phishing scams. Alternatively, if you’re a smaller business, try hosting a training session on phishing identification.
Identifying a phishing email
Follow this quick checklist for email components that should be checked before clicking any links, downloading any files, or providing any personal information:
- Inspect the “From:” field. The difference can be as small as email@example.com versus firstname.lastname@example.org
- Question the email’s purpose. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- If you are unsure, it’s safer to simply not provide the information.
If you are unsure about how to keep your business safe from cyber attacks, we are here to help. Choose Networks is a Wichita-based IT consulting firm specializing in email and spam protection services, IT support, network security services, and Office 365 partner support.