Technology is the foundation for nearly everything nowadays. For the business world, if you’re not on the Cloud or installing the latest in computer software or implementing digital marketing strategies you can kiss that 401K goodbye. While Cloud computing and digital storage continue to rage on and replace existing forms of data backups – floppy disks, anyone? – the biggest issue companies are facing right now is phishing scams. How can your team rise above hacking attempts?
Don’t Become Hooked by a Phishing Scam
Do you ever click on an email without fully looking at it? Automaticity of mouse clicking and opening a message has developed into full catastrophes involving data leakage, hacking attempts, and infecting computers with viruses. The latest and greatest in these calamities is what’s called “phishing” and is a coined phrase referring to the same concept of fishing – with using a hook and bait to catch a fish.
No matter how upgraded your firewall is, how backed up your server is, or how many HR memos you send out sharing caution over spam emails, there is always at least one person who unknowingly clicks on a phishing email. It would seem sensible that these phishing emails shouldn’t be trusted, however, the creativity and level of authenticity behind them is unparalleled.
Phishing emails disguised as notable companies like Amazon have targeted millions with stealing personal information and creating record high fraudulent reports. It would seem the most logical to not supply your credit card information from an email, though the products or promotion inside of the phishing email creates instant consumer attraction, thereby feeding the scam till your private data is stolen right out from under you.
How can you avoid falling for a phishing scam?
It is highly recommended to train your company staff with IT training courses. This form of protection against hacking attempts is steadily growing as a basic necessary commodity in the business industry. A prominent company such as Knowbe4 offers the ideal line up of tests, training, and courses to learn and educate your valuable employees to stop and think before clicking on an email.
Another new basic form of protection against phishing emails is a Microsoft Office app called Mr. Post. IT does not have to be complicated and Mr. Post offers a very streamlined procedure to verify and scan an email before you click on it. It’s free (yes, free!), and easily installed onto your business email account. Every time a new email comes through and the sender is not the normal Sharon from marketing or your senior manager, a quick click on the handy fish hook symbol for Mr. Post will then have it scan the email. A small window will pop up and show you the results of the scan; if it’s green, you’re in the clear!
Company security is such a vital instrument and has grown from setting the alarm for the building if you’re the last one to leave to having to protect every single server, computer, and electronic device that holds company data, logins, or secure documents on it. For phishing emails, you never want to chance one hacker gaining access to your business.
Mr. Post can be the first step to managing and securing your company from outside sources. Follow this link to download Mr. Post from the Microsoft Office App Store.
Sequentur IT Services
There are quite a few steps needed to be an unstoppable force against hackers. Information technology is your greatest asset and should never be brushed to the side – until it’s already too late and disaster recovery must be implemented. It can cost you more money, more lost time, more company efforts and PR nightmares to ignore your IT services then maintaining your IT network.
At Sequentur, we offer IT Managed Services for this exact reason. We have helped too many clients clean up and secure their data after down firewalls, hacking corruption, outdated servers, and even expired licensed software issues. We take the difficulty out of your IT services and allow you to focus on your work, your customers, and your expansion.
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