With security breaches on the rise, it’s no wonder more and more businesses are worried about protecting themselves against various threats. Among some of the common threats is e-mail phishing. This style of identity theft is widespread due to the ease of sharing information via e-mail and internet sites. Recipients unsuspectingly share personal or business-related information which allows attackers to hijack accounts, steal money, make purchases, and sell the information to other parties.
Keep reading to learn more about e-mail phishing and how you can prevent from becoming a victim.
What is E-mail Phishing?
There are several different types of phishing scams, but generally these scams are fraudulent e-mails that appear to come from legitimate sources like internet service providers, colleges and universities, or banks. The e-mails attempt to get you to divulge private information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, or other account information, so that the information can then be used to commit identity theft.
Typically, phishing e-mails will attempt to strike fear into the reader by stating that he or she is receiving the e-mail due to fraudulent activity on their account or that their account is in danger of being deactivated. The reader is then prompted to “click here” to verify information and resolve the problem. The message will then direct the reader to a faulty website or otherwise get them to hand over their private information.
How to Protect Against E-mail Phishing
One thing to remember is that reputable organizations will never request your personal or business information through e-mail; therefore, you should be suspicious of any e-mail asking you to reply to the message or click a link within the message to give such information. Never reply back to messages or click links requesting private info. If you are concerned about the e-mail or think it may be legitimate, contact the requesting company directly by finding the contact information on their website (not within the e-mail) and giving them a call.
Additionally, if you make it a practice to read your e-mail as plain text, you can see the URLs that images point to. Therefore, if an e-mail instructs you to click an image, you can see the URL you will be directed to ahead of time. If the URL does not contain the name of the company requesting information, this is a primary indicator that the e-mail is a scam. For example, if an e-mail is received from your bank, but the image’s URL is something like “noemail.listhelper.com,” you can assume that the request is phony.
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself against such scams is to partner with a dedicated IT Services Provider to make sure that you have the best security software installed on your devices. After all, an unprotected computer welcomes all kinds of security threats, not just phishing e-mails. Your IT provider will ensure you have a spam filter and antivirus protection to reduce or eliminate phishing scams, as well as other threats.
To learn more about how UVS can help keep your information secure, call our experts at 678.374.4347 or visit us at www.UVS-IT.com.