Cybercrime is an ever-present threat to modern businesses.
Without up-to-date and varied IT security measures, successful hacks can compromise your customers’ and employees’ sensitive data and harm your systems, resulting in costly downtime, and worse.
Email is the primary tool that companies like yours use for daily communications in the modern business world. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s effective, but it’s also the main source of malware and spam that could threaten your business. If you’re not careful, your email could be the key for cybercriminals that are trying to exploit you:
So what can you do? One of the surest ways to protect your business from a range of threats is to learn about them!
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No matter how “bomb-proof” we make your network, you and your employees can still invite a hacker in if you click on a link or open an attachment in an email sent by a cybercriminal. Some spam is obvious, but others are very cleverly designed to sneak past all the filters and trick the recipient into opening the door.
Known as a “phishing” email, this still is the #1 way hackers circumvent firewalls, filters and antivirus, so it’s critical that you and your employees know how to spot a threatening email.
Here are four types of email ploys you should be on high alert for:
The Authority Email
The most common phishing emails are ones impersonating your bank, the IRS or some authority figure. The rule of thumb is this: any email that comes in where 1) you don’t personally know the sender, including emails from the IRS, Microsoft or your “bank,” and 2) asks you to “verify” your account should be deleted. Remember, ANY important notification will be sent via old-fashioned snail mail. If it’s important, they can call you.
The “Account Verification” Email
Any email that asks you to verify your password, bank information or login credentials, or to update your account information, should be ignored. No legitimate vendor sends emails asking for this; they will simply ask you upon logging in to update or verify your information if that’s necessary.
The Typo Email
Another big warning sign is typos. Emails coming from overseas (which is where most of these attacks come from) are written by people who do not speak or write English well. Therefore, if there are obvious typos or grammar mistakes, delete it.
The Zip File, PDF Or Invoice Attachment
Unless you specifically know the sender of an email, never, ever open an attachment. That includes PDFs, zip files, music and video files and anything referencing an unpaid invoice or accounting file (many hackers use this to get people in accounting departments to open emails). Of course, any file can carry a virus, so better to delete it than be sorry.
The good news is that there are many steps a small business owner like yourself can take to secure their business’ IT. Some of the most effective ways to combat security breaches are simple tasks that you can perform without having to hire a security expert.
Keep the following in mind:
Reach out to our team to find out more about the most effective email security practices that can help you keep your business safe. Contact IT Masters and our IT security professionals at (937) 369-0078 or firstname.lastname@example.org today.