Video Above: Trevor Hartman from the Collabrance Help Desk shares a quick best practice tip to increase email security!
Scams have been around for a long time and as they continue to work, people will continue to use them. Today, people are still creating new scams and using new mediums to execute their scams. A medium that is being exploited now is computers, since computers are integrated into practically everything. As long as people use computers, criminals will continue to use them in their scamming efforts.
Some examples of scams that might sound familiar to you could include:
We know people are falling for these scams because studies show a good percentage of people are willing to give out personal information voluntarily to people they may or may not know. This can be interpreted as a majority of the population is not careful enough with their information. It’s scary to find the numbers are sometimes in favor of the criminals.
The best way to combat scammers is to educate ourselves with the current techniques they are using. One of the biggest techniques for scamming today is “phishing.” This is an attempt to send a fraudulent email made to appear as something credible in to steal from you. They want to steal your money and if they can’t get that, they will settle for your information.
A common example of phishing could be a cybercriminal sending you and email that appears like it is from your bank asking for you to “please send your address and social security number for our records.”
To protect yourself, your company, and your customers from these cyber attacks you need to be up to date with current scamming trends and also know some best practices to follow in case you are suspicious of something.
Here are a list of cyber safety tips and best practices to follow to help minimize your chances of falling victim to a scam:
It’s not a bad thing to be suspicious! If something seems suspicious, consult your IT provider or do some further research to determine what the best course of action should be. Remember that like a fence or a firewall, you are the first line of defense to your money and information.
The best advice for defending against these scams is to be aware. Be aware that people are trying to scam you and be aware that the resources exist to help you spot these scams. If you follow these cyber safety tips, stay vigilant, and stay updated – You should feel more confident that you’re protecting your money and your information.
Download our generic private-label presentation that includes email safety tips to share with your customers:
Trevor is a Service Desk Triage Specialist at Collabrance. Trevor has his Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Support.