Do you know what phishing is? Would you recognise a phishing scam if you came across one? We have put together some simple and easy tips you can keep in mind to keep yourself safe from falling victim to phishing scams. In 2019, nearly one-third of all data breaches in 2018 involved phishing. The two most popular brands phishers to pose as are Microsoft (42%) and Amazon (38%). Microsoft Office users are the most at risk because hackers often disguise their malware as Office file email attachments to trick them into clicking on them. Follow these tips and as ever, if you are in doubt, always get in touch with the experts here at Kerbury for all your cybersecurity and IT requirements.
Evaluate the situation carefully. Many open their emails as soon as they see them without even considering the possibility of a threat. This is human nature, but if you receive an email that you don’t recognise, take a moment to consider it before you speed through opening it.
Never click links from an unknown sender!
You don’t know who the email is from and you can’t trust what it is they are sending you
Enable mail server options.
This will explicitly label emails that come from outside the company.
Keep an eye out for strange requests.
Ask yourself what is the relevance of what the email is asking you to do. NEVER send bank details or personal details to an unknown sender.
Watch out for something that may seem “phishy.”
Spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, flashy click-bait content can all be red flags
Remember, Cyber-espionage actors frequently employ phishing attacks and there is a growing use of malicious files and HTTPS sites in phishing scams.