In my previous post, I have discussed the possible threats online particularly scams and identity theft. Today, I am going to elaborate more on how to prevent these problems so that you don’t give away your business information. We help all kinds of Clients with this issue from Solar Panel Installers in California to Limousine Services in Texas, so follow these steps and protect your information!
It’s really surprising how these cyber criminals can get into to your personal details easily. In fact, it only costs 2 bucks for a hacker to create a convincing email and pretend to be from your trusted retailer or bank. As mentioned to some of my posts, they usually start asking for your login details to obtain the information they need to hack your account. And with over 300 million phishing emails sent every single day, you might have received one of these.
So, how can you detect these scams? To help you out, here are some ways to identify a phishing or spoofing attack. Read on.
Tip #1: Hover over friendly from
The simplest way to identify a legit email is to hover your mouse arrow over the name in the “FROM” tab. This should tell you if the email is from a recognizable domain linking to the actual sender name. For example an email from Paypal.com should match the domain name.
Tip #2: Check the exact URL
After checking the domain name of the actual sender, you should also check the landing page from the email. Make sure the link is legit and uses the right encryption. Be careful when clicking to the links. The best way to do this is to open a new window and go to the site directly without using the email link provided in the message.
Tip #3: Incorrect grammar or spelling
Some cyber criminals use misspelled words on purpose. While for most of us can easily detect this as a spam or suspicious message, this can also be a tactic used to find less savvy users. With this tactic, spammers can easily pinpoint the easy targets.
Tip #4: Plain texts no low-res graphics
Usually, legitimate emails are HTML formatted and a combination of text and images. If you think the content is too plain, think again. Check the content and the graphics used from the sender. If you notice something fishy, then trust your instinct and ignore the message.
Tip #5: Message is pure image
Many spammers nowadays are good with this, so you better watch out. They may send you enticing graphics that could lead you to another page where they can get access to your account and passwords. So before clicking any images make sure to hover within the file for extra precaution.
Keep these things in mind when checking your social media accounts and your email to prevent these online threats. If you have more tips to share, please don’t hesitate to drop them below at the comment section.