Don’t Get Fooled by Phishy Emails and Websites, Contact Your IT Support!

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If you’ve come across an email or website that doesn’t seem quite “right” to you, the first thing you should do is contact your IT support team. Whether it’s a suspicious popup window with an intimidating countdown, a strangely worded virus scan dialog, or an email from a coworker containing an unfamiliar link, phishing attempts can often be difficult to identify. And, while falling victim to a phishing scam can be heartbreaking if it happens to your personal computer, it can be absolutely devastating to your business’ networks. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at what phishing is, how it works, and how to keep your networks protected.

What is phishing?

Phishing is an attempt to steal important information from users by disguising dangerous websites and communications as legitimate, familiar sources. Phishers may attempt to fool users into revealing their credit card information, usernames, passwords, or other personal information. These websites are often designed to imitate popular online entities, including PayPal, eBay, Amazon, and Netflix.

How to avoid phishing scams

First and foremost, as a user, you should be selective about clicking links sent to you via email. If you don’t recognize the sender, don’t click it. If the email doesn’t seem “right,” don’t follow any links it contains. But, as a business, there are additional steps that you can take, including talking with your IT support team and working to set up preventative measures such as email filters and firewalls. For more tips on identifying dangerous emails, check out the first installment of our, “Managing Your Email” series.

How to protect yourself

The image accompanying this article often represents your first line of defense against a phishing attempt. If you accidentally follow a link to a phishing site, you may see this image. If you do, contact your IT support provider immediately and discuss what happened. There are also some amazing resources online at the Anti-Phishing Working Group that can help you educate your employees.

At NobleNetworks, our goal is to ensure the security all of our clients’ computers and networks. Our managed services plans afford you peace of mind and the comfort of knowing that your data is protected, monitored, and backed up. If you would like to discuss how we can help you – and your employees – keep your systems safe, contact us today!