The online world is kind of like the ocean: if you’re bleeding and decide it’s a good day to jump in the water, you have a higher chance of being attacked by a shark.
With hackers’ techniques growing in sophistication and scope each year, cyber security has become a major concern for the financial industry. It is important to stay updated on hacker tactics in order to avoid the digital equivalent of bleeding, wearing something shiny and thrashing about in the water.
Avoiding Hacker Phishing Tactics
Phishers are hackers masquerading as legitimate business entities. They employ clickbait techniques, trying to elicit emotional reactions such as worry or curiosity in order to get people to click the link. Once they do so, a program is downloaded onto the person’s computer and hacks into their personal information.
Like sharks, phishing is a relatively easy danger to avoid—as long as you know what to avoid. Unfortunately, because of the general lack of awareness surrounding the issue, it is probably the most prevalent of ways that cyber thieves can gain access to sensitive data and infiltrate a company.
As a result, every employee needs to pay attention to what they open and what information is given out via email or telephone. Below are a few best practice examples to use when you’re going through that inbox:
Check the Website Name To Make Sure It Is Legitimate.
Why would the IRS send you an email from email@example.com? (Notice the website after the @ symbol is not gov.)
Check For Who Sent the Email.
Why would your wife send you a picture of a swimsuit model or some other celebrity? Why would a picture be sent in a .zip file in the first place? Do you really need to open it up?
Keep Up To Date On Your Company’s Service Contracts.
If your company doesn’t have a service contract on its computers, why would someone from Windows Support call you? Should you give this guy remote control of your computer to clean all the viruses?
Don’t Get Hooked On Clickbait.
If a link promises you something in sensationalist terminology, such as “You just won ten thousand dollars for being our favorite deli customer!” It’s spam. Always.
When In Doubt, Delete.
Bottom line is, if you’re not sure who sent you an email or why, best practice is to delete it.
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