How To Guard Against Phishing While Working Remotely
Since COVID-19, the majority of the workforce has turned into a hybrid team or a fully remote workforce. At the same time, phishing emails have surged to an all-time high. Phishing emails and scams have always been a part of our world and have been the most effective way for hackers to infiltrate the workplace. Hackers who use phishing tactics can impersonate well-known brands, colleagues, or even government websites such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cybercriminals trick people into disclosing private information such as usernames, passwords, and banking details by getting people to click links or open up new file attachments by email.
Here are some simple tips to save you from phishing scams:
Check the email address
First, look at the sender’s email address, especially if they are asking you to open up an attachment within the email. Often, when hackers are impersonating, they will keep the email address as close to the original as possible. Make sure to check the authenticity of the email by paying close attention to spelling, added letters or symbols. Usually, the email will be off by a letter or number. When looking in an email from a company, bank, or colleague, look for the company name in the email address.
Watch out for unusual attachments
If you receive an email from a stranger who is telling you to open up the attached document, do not open it! Wait until you’ve checked the authenticity of the email by following the step above. When a stranger is asking you to download a document, it usually means that there is malware attached to it. When malware is attached to documents, it can harm your computer and steal all your personal credentials.
These types of phishing emails usually ask victims to verify personal information such as bank details, change in passwords, account expiration, or a warning about suspicious activity on a personal account. These can be major warning signs that you about to be phished. When in doubt, contact your provider or company sending you these warning emails.
Misspelled/Phony URL Links
When receiving a phishing email, hackers may ask that you click on a link to direct you to their fake website. Before clicking on the link, hover your mouse over the link to see the website’s true URL. These URLs can be different from what you were originally expecting the website to be, so always double-check before you double-click. Most phishing emails contain a lot of grammatical and spelling errors.
As tricky as cybercriminals are, we at Groff NetWorks see them every day. We implement phishing training and help you detect clicks that might be phishing scams. Our values are to be Caring, Responsive, Friendly, and Honest; that is our recipe for helping our users (your employees) not take the bait.