According to a recent report, business email phishing attacks increased a whopping 476% year-over-year and credential phishing attempts quadrupled quarter-over-quarter. Even worse is that these attacks are having huge success and costing companies a lot of money. Companies will employ various electronic safeguards, but you are the most important line of defense, so THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK!
|Follow these tips to protect yourself and your company:|
- If prompted for email or network credentials, be highly suspicious.
- If linked to a website, it may ask you to enter your email or network credentials. This is a huge red flag. You need to guard these credentials over all else, so be very wary if prompted to enter them.
- Do not click on random links in emails.
- Hover over links to see where the link is directing you. Also, be cognizant that the link could go to what “looks” like a legitimate website.
- Do not open attachments.
- These files could have viruses or could send you to a malicious site.
- Do not trust the sender’s name or email address.
- These can be easily spoofed by making it appear that it is coming from a legitimate user. When in doubt, go directly to the source to confirm a request rather than clicking a potentially dangerous link or taking other action.
- Never give out personal information.
- This information should rarely be provided on pages reached from links included in emails … especially unsolicited emails.
- Be wary of popup windows.
- Popups often masquerade as originating from legitimate companies. If you see one of these questionable popups, do not click “Cancel”. Click the X in the upper right-hand corner.
- Stay educated.
- Remember to read this blog on a monthly basis and review any other tips that you may come across.