Phishing is an online scam whereby cyber criminals send out an email that appears to be from a legitimate company. It will usually ask the recipient to provide sensitive information. This usually takes the form of a link that supposedly takes you to a known website where you are asked for your personal information, passwords etc. However, the website is actually a fake and the information you input will go straight to the scammers.
The word ’phishing’ is based on the word fishing. It is so called because the criminals dangle a ’lure’ in the hope that people will ’bite’ and providing the information. It is used to steal credit card numbers, account numbers, passwords, usernames and much more.
Am I at risk from Phishing?
Yes, this is as relevant for your business email as your personal email. Massive companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all been stung with large scale Phishing scams.
How Do I Stay Safe from Phishing Attacks?
- If you are not expecting the email and you don’t know who it is from just delete it
- Don’t reveal sensitive information if requested to do so via email
- Don’t click on links in emails appearing to be from banks or other service providers. Where possible, open a new browser window and navigate to the site yourself.
- If you do need to click a link in an email, check it before you click on it. You can do so by hovering over the link. The URL will usually show in the browser’s status bar.
- If the email is from a bank, consider calling them to check. Use the fraud hotline number written on your card, not numbers provided in the email or from Google searches because the number in the email might be a fake.
If in doubt DO NOT CLICK ON LINKS IN EMAILS!
Digitalquill – Experts in Cyber Security
For more information or advice on keeping your Hull, East Yorkshire or Lincolnshire business safe from phishing, visit www.digitalquill.co.uk/ call us on 01482 424402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.