In the business world, you may have heard about the possibility of a phishing attack or scam. At RedBird Technology, this is something we are very familiar with in the world of cybersecurity. We are sharing what a phishing scam is, what to look for and how to avoid one. Read more below!
What is a Phishing Scam?
A phishing scam or phishing attack is very commonplace in the world of business. In fact, you’ve probably fallen victim to a potential phishing attack and you may not even realize it. A phishing attack is a communication, usually in the form of an email, that can compromise the security of your organization’s data. A phishing attack typically comes from a trustworthy source, but there is usually something within that communication that seems a little suspicious. For example, you may receive an email with a link that appears to be from Amazon, which is a well-known and trusted organization. However, upon further inspection, you could notice that this is actually being sent from a Gmail account, which Amazon does not use. If you were to click on the link or attachment within the suspicious email, this could release malware or viruses onto your device that can cause thousands, or even millions, in damage to your business.
Generally, these phishing scams are trying to obtain permission or login credentials to your network. Sometimes these phishing attacks are designed to steal your personal or company financial information. Either way, these threats are dangerous to your company’s security and bottom line.
So how does a phishing scam work?
Cyber criminals will begin by identifying a company or organization that they want to hack. Tehy will then create a link or attachment to be sent in an email communication to the organization, or sometimes just one individual. The communication they send may look legitimate enough to fool the individual into clicking or downloading their link or attachment. Oftentimes, these communications will harp on a sense of urgency, fear, curiosity or greed to compel an individual to click the link or attachment.
How to Prevent a Phishing Scam
So how can your organization prevent a possible attack by avoiding a phishing scam? The most important line of defense is to be skeptical of every and all email communications. When an individual receives an email with a link or attachment, always check that the sender email address is valid. If you receive an email from an unknown address, never click or open the email. It’s important to make your employees aware of possible phishing scams and have them be on the lookout for suspicious email activity. Always ensure that you or your employees never give out personal information over email, as well.