In today’s ‘quick-click’ mobile web environment, it’s not unusual to click on Facebook links, email links and adverts, leading to a multitude of third-party websites. The problem with this is that we don’t often know what these websites are, or what we’re clicking on.
Recently, cyber hackers have been taking advantage of our newly increased click-happy nature, and from this we have seen an increase in phishing emails recently reported to us.
We have seen a rise in the number of attempts to acquire user names and passwords and to fraudulently update bank details to attempt to divert financial transactions. Criminals are targeting specific contacts, for example those in the accounts department or even impersonating Chief Executives in targeted attacks known as spear phishing.
Things to look out for
Here are a few things to look out for:
- Impersonal greetings asking for personal information – e.g ‘Dear customer’.
- Urgent warnings – hoping you will answer without thinking.
- Poor spelling or bad formatting.
- Web based email addresses rather than known domain addresses.
- Even your own staff’s email addresses can be impersonated, scammers are setting up domains similar to the companies they want to target. For example l1ma.co.uk.
A reminder of some of the simple ways you can stay safe online
- Treat all emails asking for personal information with a degree of caution.
- Create strong passwords, keep them safe, do not share them.
- Verify any change of financial details with a known contact, outside of the email trail.
- If you receive an email with a reset password link, be wary of clicking the link. Log on to your account separately and update your details that way.
- Check the email address of the sender, the name in the ‘From’ field does not guarantee the origin of the email.
- Unsubscribe links can also be malicious, ask yourself: ‘is it necessary to click this link?’
Get in Touch With Us
If you’d like to find out more about our range of security options that can help you stay safe, talk to us today to find out more. Simply call us on 0345 345 1110 or email us here for more information.