Top 7 Tips For Avoiding Phishing Scams
Updated: Mar 5, 2020
How to avoid being hacked by new phishing techniques
As our reach within the world expands the world gets a little smaller. Unfortunately, this has allowed some of the nefarious individuals out there to get closer to us than ever. Everyday these bad actors are constantly trying to break into your home, your company, your finances, and anything else they can lay their hands on. If successful these bad actors can end up costing you or your company thousands of dollars in lost revenue, fines, and even ransomware payments. The IT and security industry is constantly trying to mitigate this risk before it ever hits your email box. Unfortunately, many times there is a lag between
Ransomware is costing the business industry more than $75 Billion Dollars a year.
Following these simple rules can make sure you're not the one taken advantage of.
1. Don't open any emails from people you don't know. Now I know that this one can be hard and even for some impossible for some who have to answer any email that comes in. In the example of the email I received above do I know this sender? No
2. Don't open any attachments from someone your not expecting them from. If Aunt Sally doesn't ever send attachments then that email should be suspect. Pick up the phone and ask Aunt Sally if it is legit. One might ask well can't I just send an email back asking if the email was safe? NO. If Aunt Sally's email was compromised then they can easily just send you a fraudulent response. (Yes this happens)
3. Don't click or open anything from an email not specifically addressed to you. Notice how in the email above it's a phone number and not my email address listed there? This means that it was not only sent to me but also to someone's cell phone. This is also a clear indicator that this email is fraudulent and should be deleted immediately.
4. Don't click on any link in an email until you know it is from a legitimate sender and destination. (more advanced) This can be accomplished in many ways:
First check with the sender by phone or text and ask if they sent the email.
Second determine if the link goes a legitimate and reputable site. This is a bit harder to determine but here's how you do it. If you get an email with a link in it (Link would be a button or a line you can click on) and it points to something other than where it appears to be coming from or if the link information doesn't match up to the description delete the email immediately. **To determine the link location without getting infected just put your mouse over the text BUT DON'T CLICK** It is very important you don't actually click on the link. The below is an example of a fraudulent link from the email I received that would likely infect my computer.
The only other link in the email goes to an entirely different URL. This means that it is almost certainly fraudulent.
5. Make sure you have up to date anti-virus software installed on your computer and network. This is unfortunately no guarantee that your computer won't get infected, however every little bit helps.
6. If you get an email from someone you DO know but the email address doesn't match up. An example of a sender that is fraudulent wouldn't be you receive an email from a trusted source but the email address doesn't match what I know yours is. For example, if I get an email from my buddy John Doe but the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org I know that the email is NOT legit and should be deleted.
7. If you get a strange text on your phone that has anything to click on the same rules above apply.
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Now these are just guidelines and as with most things they may need to be updated or adapted as the bad actors out there evolve. However, if you follow most of these rules you, your company and your family will always be safer.
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