We’ve talked about phishing in the past, explaining why this is such a big problem for companies of all sizes.
It’s one thing to know the basic details associated with phishing. It’s another thing entirely to ensure that you and your staff know how to avoid this type of attack. If you don’t take the right steps right now, it’s possible that a phishing attack could cause trouble for your organization in the future – and that is not a risk that you should be willing to take.
Here are five actionable steps you can take to avoid a phishing attack:
- Use security software. With this in place, you’ll feel much better about your chances of thwarting an attack. In addition to the implementation of software, remember this: it should be set to update automatically. If it’s not, your software may not be able to handle the most advanced and modern phishing attacks.
- It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you receive an email message that you don’t understand, if you don’t trust the sender, it’s best to move it to the trash folder. You may be tempted to open the message and take action, but this could cause you more harm than good in the long run.
- Don’t share personal or financial information via email. Regardless of why you think this is a good idea, it’s best to avoid the practice at all costs. For example, you may receive an email asking for your credit card information or Social Security number. Don’t fall prey to this scam. Any reputable organization will contact you via phone if they need to discuss something of importance with you.
- Discuss the dangers of phishing attacks with your employees. As a small business owner, you take great pride in staying up to date with the latest in the world of online security. However, you shouldn’t expect that your employees are doing the same. These people may not know the first thing about phishing scams, which makes them more vulnerable to an attack. It’s your responsibility to discuss the dangers of phishing with each and every employee.
- Take action. Do you have reason to believe that you or an employee has fallen prey to a phishing scam? For instance, maybe you shared an important piece of information via email. In this case, take action to protect yourself in the future.
By taking these five steps, you’ll feel much better about your ability to avoid a phishing attack. Taking this one step further, don’t hesitate to share this advice with your employees. Sometimes, all it takes is a little push in order for others to realize that a phishing attack could cause them harm.
Don’t let anyone tell you that phishing is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, this remains a major problem in today’s day and age.
With the information above, you’ll have the knowledge you need to avoid trouble and ensure that a phishing attack doesn’t cause your company harm in the future.
Have you been the victim of phishing in the past? How did this happen? What have you done to avoid the same in the future? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.