The online world is full of threats that are waiting for you to let your business or personal computer system’s guard down. Thanks to powerful security measures, you might not be worried enough to consider that hackers have found ways to get around your strong defenses. If you’ve grown complacent, you might be in for a rude awakening when a hacker’s phishing scam works on you.
When a hacker is attempting a phishing scam, they’re trying to entice their victims into a trap, be it handing over personal information, or getting them to click a link which leads to a website infected with malware. In fact, spear phishing and other extremely personalized methods of hacking are growing more common, and your employees should know how to identify and deal with them. Here are three common signs you might be dealing with a phishing scam.
1. Know who the email sender is. Instead of trusting all the emails you receive, have a cautious approach to opening emails; especially when dealing with your personal or business confidential information. You should hover over the sender’s name and this will allow you to see the email address. On many occasion, the hackers try to pose as your bank but the email domain comes from somewhere entirely different.
2. Immediate action required or incentive based emails. These are the types of emails you will receive from hackers, an email subject displaying urgency or emails providing incentives. Besides the fact that most of these offers or urgent notifications are obviously fake, you should get into the mindset that if it was that urgent, they wouldn’t email you and if the incentive is too good to be true; it probably is.
3. Watch out for plain text emails. More often than not, legitimate businesses use mainly images and text email format. If the email does not contain official logos, it should not be trusted. Look out for the entire email is just one big image that links you to somewhere nasty upon clicking it. Don’t click anything that looks unclear.
You can always prevent these types of emails reaching your email account in the first place. There are many spam blocking solutions to minimize the risk of a phishing attack. For additional network security use a Unified Threat Management solution (UTM) for any business. This provides a powerful spam solution and other security features.