Since the 1990’s, phishing attacks have been around, so they’re nothing new. However, they’re still causing a substantial amount of chaos to businesses around the world. In fact, since the start of 2017, more than 20,000 reports have been filed with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – that’s a lot of phishing!
From just a simple click of a button, you could unintentionally and unknowingly be inviting malicious malware into your computer and onto your network, with the end result never being a good one.
So, what is phishing and how can you stop phishing attacks impacting your business? Let’s find out.
What is phishing?
Phishing is one of the oldest cyberattacks in the book. It’s the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Traditionally, the scam asks your users to provide personal details, such as corporate logins, giving hackers access to your network.
Another tactic involves tricking the user to click on an attachment or a link within an email.
How do you safeguard your business?
When it comes to safeguarding your business, user education is crucial. Why? Because in almost all cases, it’s the user who has (unknowingly) let the attacker in.
Share these 3 tips with your employees:
- Think before you click
Before you click on any link, image or attachment within an email or online, stop and think. Has this been provided by someone I trust? Do I trust this website? Is it worth the risk?
- Spot poor spelling and grammar
This can be a tricky one, because let’s face it, there are a lot of poor spellers out there. However, one of the most common signs of a scam is a poorly written email which has often been written by someone with English as their second language. Don’t know the person? Have a funny feeling? Trust it!
- Limit personal information supplied
It’s crucial to be hesitant when it comes to supplying personal or business information. Always check to make sure you know and trust the person before you share. Not sure? Ask for a second opinion!
These tips can help, unfortunately though, phishing isn’t completely unavoidable. What is avoidable though is having the right insurance cover in place to complete your comprehensive cybersecurity strategy.
Contact Grace Insurance in Perth to find out more, before it’s too late.