Phishing is a word you may or may not have heard of in the computer world, but if you haven’t heard the word itself you will be familiar with the concept of it all. Have you ever had an email from a Nigerian Prince? He likely asked you for money for travel or to get his fortunes back followed with the promise of money for you as a reward… yep, it’s these guys.
When it comes to computer security, Phishing Protection should be a high priority on your agenda because it happens so often and tricks a surprising number of people to this day. Today we are going to talk about ways that you and everyone in your business can prevent this happening to you.
1. Keep Informed
The thing you might not realise about phishing is that there are new ways to do it all the time and these scammers are always finding new methods I gain our sensitive information. The best thing you can do for yourself and for your business is to keep in the loop with new ideas and techniques in the world and make sure that you don’t fall for their tricks yourself. Try and check every month or so if there have been new scams outed and this will help you keep your data safe.
2. Think Before You Click
How many times have we had to deal with Sandra from accounting clicking on a harmful attachment and sending a virus around the ENTIRE office? If you want to keep yours and your company’s data safe all the time you will need to make sure you educate yourself and everyone else in the business on what to do. Basically, unless you are expecting an attachment or a link to be sent to you, you should never open it. A lot of the time clicking on this opens a door for a hacker to enter your system and this could lead to a horrible situation. Make sure everyone knows to think and ask before they click.
3. Anti-Phishing Toolbar
If you want to stay on the lookout for phishing in your every day life, you can install an anti-phishing toolbar into your browser and this can allow you to keep tabs on things which could be unsavoury on your machine. It will alert you if anything comes up and this will allow you to take action and ensure that you don’t fall victim to a simple scam by not paying attention to what you are doing.
4. Website Security
When you are browsing the web and you visit a website you haven’t visited before it can be difficult for you to tell whether or not this site is to be trusted. But there is one really simple way to make sure a website is safe and secure and this is by checking the website address. If the website starts with ‘https’ it means that it is trusted, and you can browse safe in the knowledge that you won’t be scammed.
5. Check Accounts
It is easy to forget about many of your accounts online if you haven’t visited them for a while, and when you have logins for several online shops and more, it can be hard to keep track of which companies you have accounts with. But make sure to note the accounts you have and visit them now and again because if you don’t, a scammer could be having a field day with an unattended account.