Cyberattacks on your business can come from many different sources. Suppose your network security isn’t up to date and is vulnerable or your employees aren’t adequately trained to handle scams, hacks, or other forms of online attacks. In that case, your business could easily be targeted and taken advantage of.
It’s crucial to understand the ways in which these users can harm your business. One way in which aggressors can target your information is through phishing attempts. Phishing attempts are cyberattacks that are sent in the form of an email, usually from a seemingly reputable source that is looking to verify personal information. These attempts can be disguised as anything from a personal bank representative to a trusted organization you or the company has contact with.
How to Pinpoint Scams and Safeguard from Phishing Attempts
There are a few ways in which you can identify a phishing scam:
- Look carefully at the email address or domain name. Are they first-time senders, or do you recognize the address? If there are spelling mistakes, strange numbers or inconsistencies between email addresses, or the use of a public domain, then it may be a scam. If the attempt was sent from a source that you correspond with often, double-check the email used to verify their integrity.
- Read through the email/notification. Are there many spelling and grammar mistakes? Is it written in such a way that it isn’t recognizable as the user it was sent from?
- See if the message is calling for urgent action. If the sender is not someone you recognize, then this could be an attack. A time-sensitive email will more likely prompt you into action, leading you to fall for the scam.
- Look for impersonal greetings. If this is a sender with whom you’ve (supposedly) shared personal information, then they wouldn’t use a greeting like “Dear sir”. This is a good indicator of a mass email that was sent to bait users.
Though there are ways for your employees to protect themselves against phishing scams, sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry. At American Lazer – CommSat, we pride ourselves in utilizing BlackFog’s cybersecurity technology to keep your information secure from all forms of online attacks. BlackFog uses privacy protection and anti-data exfiltration to ensure that your company’s addresses aren’t being shared publicly for hackers to take advantage of.
Don’t be fooled – these attacks are easy to recognize and avoid if your security is prepared and your employees are trained. For more information on how to increase your cybersecurity, contact us here to have one of our reps get in touch with you.