With your employees scattered and forced to work remotely, protecting your company’s digital assets through cybersecurity has become even more important than ever before. Even if your employees and teammates were already used to working from home, that doesn’t mean that this is a good time to relax. Constant vigilance is still the way to go. Let’s look at some helpful tips everyone can follow to fight off any potential phishing attempts.
Recognize Red Flags
Do your best to use common sense. There are going to be some red flags that will obviously alert you when a phishing attempt takes place, especially through email messages. Strange typos or grammatical errors that appear to be the result of brevity are one thing, but poorly written emails are a red flag. You can also distinguish phishing emails from ordinary ones based on strange email addresses or scare tactics or suspicious-looking attachments.
Speaking of which, it’s best to be careful when navigating fishy emails. Don’t click on links, open attachments, or download files from an unrecognized source, since this can also unleash viruses or malware that can cause havoc on your machine, networks, and systems in general. Only interact with emails from trusted sources that you receive on a regular basis and you know what there is to see without any potential issues.
Protect Sensitive Information
Take the time to protect sensitive information. Giving away data like a social security number, social media access information, or bank information over an unsecured network or email is a bad idea. A secure website will have a portal for this information rather than an unsecured one. Instruct all of your employees to avoid giving out their personal information unless essential and prompted, such as when they talk to their bank or are taking such information from clients and customers.
Verify the Site
Lastly, be sure to verify the site that you are visiting. Not all phishing attempts happen through an innocuous-looking email. Sometimes, it can happen from an unverified site. Certain web browsers will try to notify you whenever you come across such a site, even if nothing is wrong with them besides an expired SSL certificate. Whenever you have doubts, contact the vendor or company for further confirmation that everything is aboveboard.
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