Don’t get caught out by simple email scams

Don’t get caught out by simple email scams…

As malware constantly evolves, we need to become more aware of how to keep our computers protected.

Increasingly, more government departments, individuals and businesses, both large and small, are falling victim to cybercrime, so to stand a chance of being able to protect ourselves, we must get regular updates of the current trends and threats that are being seen.

It is said that around:

• 91% of attacks are in the form of spear phishing emails (look like they are from a known, safe source)
• 90% of malware attacks need the “human touch” to be successful (the physical “click” on a link)
• 80% of cyber-attacks are preventable

These malware attacks are coming at us thick and fast through our emails, and unless we educate people with the skills to recognise them, they will continue to be a menace. By naively clicking on an infected link, a worker could inadvertently start something that could “shut your business down”, never mind resulting in having their identity stolen!
I regularly get emails that could be a possible threat. If I wasn’t aware of this type of scam email, I could have easily ‘clicked’ on a link, during one of those very busy days, and possibly opened a very large “can of worms”.

And it’s not just me, this came from one of our readers, who was very relieved they had read an article on this:

“This email, looked like it was from my LinkedIn account, and if I hadn’t read your article, I would have opened it!” was the real source of this email!!

This at least shows that by informing people of how to recognise scam emails, we can reduce the number of successful attacks.

These emails can look very genuine, especially when you are only taking a quick look through your in-box, but that’s exactly how we fall prey to malicious hackers.

Here are a few simple things we should consider before clicking on any links:

• Make sure your email has spam filtering switched on and blocks emails from sources that are not trusted

• If you’re not sure of the source of an email, do not click on any links, open attachments, “remove”, reply to or forward it

• Any doubts of “genuine” emails can be easily verified by hovering the mouse cursor over the link. This will reveal the real destination of the link in the bottom, left hand side, of the screen. If it differs from what is shown in the text link, then be cautious – it’s unlikely it is what it says it is!

• If an email is in your “junk” box, do not make donations or purchases from it

• If a link ends in .exe or .bat don’t open it

Trust your instinct, if you’re not sure, don’t risk it! And if you’re an employer, make sure your employees are trained on this.

We use our emails all day, every day and it could only be a matter of time before one of those “clicks” could prove to be a very serious problem indeed, for you or your business!

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