Infographic: How to Recognise & Avoid Phishing Attacks
Don’t Get Hooked – Avoid Phishing Attacks
Phishing attacks are becoming more popular in South Africa and scammers are finding ingenious ways of scamming people by stealing their personal information. To avoid phishing attacks, you have to have your wits about you – but it definitely can be done.
What Are Phishing Attacks?
Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
While email has remained a very popular form of electronic communication, there are risks involved, especially when sharing sensitive information. More often than not, we are unaware of these risks, which leaves up open to be exploited.
Here are some advise on how to avoid phishing attacks, and how to keep your most sensitive information, private:
Guard Against Spam
- Be cautious when opening emails that come from unrecognised senders.
- Never act on emails that asks you to confirm personal or financial information over the internet or via email.
- Ignore emails from unknown parties that try to upset you into acting quickly by threatening you with information.
Be Careful of Attachments
- Do not download files or attachments in emails from unknown senders.
- Only open attachments when you are expecting to receive them.
- Even if you know the sender, only open attachments if you know what they contain.
Take Care When Sending Emails
- You should NEVER send sensitive information via an email.
Use Software to Protect Yourself and Your Business
Even if you are close to the recipient, you never know if their email security may have been compromised and if someone is intercepting the information that you are sending to them. By using a secure file management platform like YDOX, you can rest assured that your information is protected via a 3-level encryption process.
With more and more individuals and businesses falling victim to cyber crime, your business really cannot afford not to be protected.