Protecting Yourself from Bad Email Attachments and URLs in the Age of Cyber Threats

Posted by The Finchloom Team on Aug 27, 2017 12:00:00 AM in IT staff augmentation and Staff augmentation companies

Everyone is waging war on their computers. Not in a literal sense, of course, but there is certainly a battle going on. Cyberthreats are at an all-time high, and IT staff augmentation has become more popular than ever. Between viruses, ransomware, and other digital hazards, no computer owner is truly safe, so it’s important to know what to watch out for.

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The most common attacks come in the form of phishing emails, which contain harmful attachments or prompt you to click on bad URLs that instantly unleash malware onto your system.1 The fact that such a method is so common suggests it’s easy to fall for emails like this, and we don’t want anyone becoming a victim.

A Few Things You Can Do

The good news is that there are ways to protect yourself. Viruses, malware, and ransom attacks don’t have to result in the loss of your data, and there are certain steps you can take to fight back.

  • Check for Bad Grammar

One of the big signs a phishing email has entered your inbox is that the grammar, typically in the headline or subject bar, is quite poor. Whoever said cyber thieves could spell didn’t know what they were talking about, and it’s important to keep an eye out for this. Does the sender use incorrect punctuation or misspell things frequently? These are potential warning signs that something’s wrong, and we advise you to think carefully before you respond.

  • Check the Facts Before Acting

You should always verify the information in the email before taking any action. Staff augmentation companies will tell you that if you receive an email with an attachment, and you’re unclear as to who or what the source is, that’s a big red flag.2 Unrecognizable sources are usually untrustworthy, and opening or downloading the attachments can put your computer or personal data in harm’s way. Receiving an email with just a URL in it and nothing else is also a tell-tale sign that something’s wrong, so it’s important to verify the facts before moving forward.

  • Report the Message

If you do receive anything you’re not sure about or that looks like a scam, report it to the appropriate authorities immediately. Deleting the email just prevents danger from coming to you, but it doesn’t do much for everyone else who’s just as vulnerable. Remember that cyber thieves are likely to send phishing emails to multiple recipients, and reporting such incidents and getting the word out can help a lot of people.

Give Us a Call

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Sometimes, the best way to prevent a cyber attack is to hire the right tech team. At Finchloom, we offer things like staff augmentation services, online cloud training, and on-site cloud training, so users can be aware of how to protect their data. From private training to group sessions, each training module is different and carefully customized to fit your specific needs or learning requirements.

Through us, you’ll learn all the basics about how to onboard to the cloud, increase productivity and security at the office, and how to keep your files and emails safe. Call us today at (844) 346-2456 for more information, or email us at info@finchloom.com.

Sources

 

  1. https://www.wired.com/2016/05/4-ways-protect-ransomware-youre-target/
  2. https://www.itg.ias.edu/content/how-protect-yourself-viruses

 

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Finchloom is an Authorized Microsoft Cloud Service Provider focused on End User Productivity and Security to modernize Small and Medium Businesses.

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