When someone hears the term “phishing” for the first time, it probably brings up visions of a fisherman standing in a stream casting a line to catch some fish for dinner. Phishing is far more sinister and dangerous than fishing ever was (except for the fish of course). It is a threat that can open your business up to cyberattacks, data theft, and even put you in jeopardy of closure. To avoid being a victim of phishing, your business needs a reliable cyber security team in San Antonio to protect your computers and networks from this kind of cyberattack.
What is Phishing?
Phishing takes many forms, but it comes down to using deception to gain access to someone’s network or server. Attackers use multiple angles to get someone to open up access. Fake emails and web pages are the most common angles used successfully.
Let’s say you get an email that appears to be from a trusted co-worker or a vendor. You open up the email and it appears legit. The email instructs you to go to a particular web page to view a new product or to download an instruction manual. When you click on the URL for the web page, you are automatically sent to a page that appears legitimate.
What you don’t know is that the email and web page are not from a trusted source— it is from a cyber attacker. When you visit that web page, you have just allowed the attacker access to the network. The web page automatically begins downloading bits of code that create entry points for the attacker to gain access to do what he wants to do.
How to Avoid Phishing Attempts
Attention to detail and being suspicious are critical for avoiding phishing attempts. Here are some things to do to avoid these attempts:
Verify any link before clicking. Make sure the URL makes sense. If the email is from Company X but the URL is to a completely different site for no apparent reason, don’t click it. If someone claims to be from Company Y but their email is from gmail.com or yahoo.com, don’t click on any links.
Don’t provide confidential information due to a simple email request. Banks and other organizations won’t use email to request confidential information. Verify any request for confidential information by phone with the apparent requester. Only respond if they verify it.
Don’t respond to phishing attempts. If you spot a phishing email, report it to your cyber security partner in San Antonio. They can block the sender and take other measures to secure the system. If you respond to the phishing email, you just verified the email is active and it will only make the attacker try again.
Who is Vulnerable to Phishing Attacks?
Everyone is vulnerable to these types of attacks. That is why they are so popular with cyber criminals. All they have to do is make an email that looks convincing enough and someone will click on the wrong URL. It can happen to an administrative assistant working at a small business or to the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
No business, large or small, is immune to cyberattacks. The best way to protect your company from such attacks is to bring in cyber security experts from San Antonio, like us here at Rx Technology. To learn more about how our team can help you ward off phishing and other kinds of cyberattacks, contact us today.