professionally, it also poses one of the greatest threats to your business. Bath
Actors can use a variety of email scams such as ransomware, phishing, and a variety of other tools
not only disrupt personal computers, but also business technologies while
gaining access to personal or business information that would be harmful to
the outside world to have.
Luckily, there are a few quick steps you can
Make sure your email browsing is safe.
Sometimes all it takes is a minute to really
evaluate the email coming into your inbox. It can be easy to see and email and
Immediately open it, but don't take everything at face value. Before you open
and click an email, think through a few of these questions:
- Is the email from
someone I recognize?
- Are the requests of the
- Am I expecting the
- Is the email using
emotional gauges like fear or urgency to entice and action?
By going through these quick steps, you (and
your company) can save a lot of time, money, and unnecessary headaches.
If you receive an email from someone you don’t
Know, always be weary of the contents of the email. One step you can take to
check link sources is hovering over a link
Before clicking any links in the email, hover
your mouse over the link and the actual URL will appear. Double check to make
the real URL is the right place ̵
example, you don? t want to be click and link to
ju-spandoo.de/82359/index[.]html. Hackers will also try to spoof the URL
look like the legitimate address. You want to investigate to make sure the
domain is the same as the sender of the email.
If you, an employee or a coworker forgot any of
these steps, it's important to know how to react to a potential data breach.
NOT To Do
While those quick steps can make sure you know
what to do when you receive an email you might not find trustworthy, here are a
few quick tips for what to do with your computer safe.
- Do not copy and paste
the link to the URL section of your browser to check it. This is the same as
click the link and whomever sent that link will be achieving their end goal
by you doing this.
- Do not forward a
suspected malicious email to other people. You don't want to further the
potential damage, especially within your company. What’s even worse – by
forwarding this email, you're making others feel comfortable with the original
contents of the email because they will see it coming from your email address.
- Do not open the
malicious email on your mobile devices. While it's becoming more and more
common to check email on your phone or tablet, they are not immune to malware
and viruses. With mobile shopping becoming more prevalent, these devices often
house just as much personal information as your desktop / laptop does.
- Do not solely rely on
antivirus software. Though they are a great first step and are updated often,
This software protects against viruses with known signatures, leaving it
susceptible to new malware.
While these are specific to your email
browsing, these are only a few of the many ways to prevent a data breach.
Ongoing diligence and
preparation are priceless, but more information is stored and shared online,
there is greater risk of data theft. Society Insurance offers one of the most
comprehensive cyber liability programs available, covering both first-party
Liabilities and third-party liability claims if the unthinkable happens. When it is
Comes to the safety of your business, there's no time like the present
assess and upgrade your current data
with breach recovery services. Contact your local Society agent