Have you ever received an email that appeared suspicious or questioned where it came from?

phishing email exampleAll it takes is one person opening a suspicious email, clicking a malicious link, or downloading an attachment to cause serious damage to your computer infrastructure and affect your business.

Attacks like these are called “phishing” and are typically spread via email or social media. Some may even seem like they came from a legitimate source, such as your credit card company or a government organization, attracting users to click on the link or download an attachment. This is how passwords are stolen, viruses are spread, ransomware or other forms of cyber-attacks occur.  All types of businesses, organizations, and individuals are at risk.

1 in 5 small businesses are said to have been victimized by a phishing scheme.

It is best to train all your employees to spot the red flags.

Here are some tips on how to spot the attempts of a phishing attack:

  1. Unknown Sender.  If you are not sure who the sender is, using your preview window, look for misspellings, especially in the email addresses. Check the sender’s name and look for discrepancies or anything that may appear strange.
  2. Unusual Errors.  These types of attacks are often full of typos and all sorts of grammatical errors.
  3. Urgent Messages.  Do not quickly jump to conclusions that the message is actually urgent. Sometimes a password reset request comes in the way that may appear legitimate, investigate further to see the validity of the email. Call or visit the organization’s website directly without clicking or downloading any links in the email.

powersolution.com, an IT company in New Jersey utilizes and deploys numerous methods to prevent all kinds of attacks to your IT infrastructure. A strong IT company in conjunction with educating all employees, these incidents can be prevented further, protecting your business. 

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