After seeing some clients lately with lots of malware, trojans and suspicious programs I was wondering how they seem to so easily get them. So I decided to come up with some sound advice on how you can protect your personal information when working online. After looking at various posts, long winded information pages I came up with the following advice.
I guarantee that you would have received emails from reputable companies asking for sensitive information like your password, username or credit card info? These types of emails are known as 'phishing' emails. It’s important that you know how to identify this kind of suspicious activity.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR?
When you receive a message that you think doesn't look quite right, these are some tell-tale signs that you might have been sent a phishing email:
- Poor grammar and spelling
- Incorrect business logos, email addresses, colours and fonts
- A request for urgent action, with the threat of your account being closed.
- Or telling you that your account has been compromised and you need to update your password.
- And then there are the really authentic looking emails that even link to a page that looks like the original.
- And of course there's the "You've won a prize, click here!", and so on...
PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER AND DEVICES
When you're online, it's important to be aware of internet security issues such as viruses, hackers and other threats to your privacy. Companies work hard to help minimise possible internet security issues on their network, but it's also important that you have the latest anti-virus software installed on your devices.
If you don't have any anti-virus software installed on your computer or devices, we offer our Peace Of Mind package that also includes backup software and monitoring.
WHAT IF YOU RECEIVE A SUSPICIOUS EMAIL?
Interestingly, the day after I wrote this blog (Christmas Day!) I received this email (PayPal phishing email) asking me to update my credit card card. The first suspicion is the email is not from a PayPal address, the second, is the grammar (This meesage send to), and lastly the "Login Now" link is not a PayPal Link. What a horrible thing to do on Christmas Day to steal someone's credit card details and rob them.
If you receive an email that's asking for any of the private information we've mentioned or it just doesn't seem right, here's what you can do:
It's that simple.
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