Inbox cluttered with emails? Be careful what you click on. Cybercriminals are getting sneakier with phishing scams designed to steal your personal information. Don't let a single slip-up compromise your entire business. Follow these tips to keep your inbox secure:
Look Before You Click
Phishing emails typically contain links to fake login pages. Before clicking any links, hover your mouse over them to preview the destination. If it's unrelated to the email content, delete immediately.
Spot Red Flags
Does the email contain poor grammar, spelling errors, or an urgent call to action? Is it addressed oddly or sent from an invalid email? If anything seems off, it's best to ignore. Legitimate businesses will never demand sensitive information over email. Be cautious of urgent subject lines and unrealistic deadlines.
Verify the Sender
Even if the email appears to come from someone you know, take time to double check before responding. Phone or speak with the sender to confirm they sent the message. Criminals spoof real email addresses all the time. Check the sender’s email address and the domain name and hover over links to view their destinations before clicking.
Train Your Team Your employees are your first line of defense. Invest in mandatory cybersecurity training so everyone understands how to identify and avoid phishing attempts. Test them periodically to keep skills sharp. Regular training and refreshers on recognising phishing emails and the latest cybersecurity risks are crucial.
Cyber insurance is essential to cover liability and manage the impact on systems and finances in the event of a data breach.
Staying secure online takes vigilance. But following these common sense precautions will help keep your inboxes and data away from prying eyes. Don't let a busy schedule and overflowing inbox make you complacent. When in doubt, throw it out!