Your business’ computing infrastructure is a pretty resilient system. It has all types of tools added on to keep malicious code, bad actors, and even sabotage from ruining the good thing you have. This reliability has led to hackers changing the way that they go about their business. Nowadays, most of the attacks that affect businesses are phishing attacks. In today’s blog, we will go through the elements of being phished, what an attack looks like, and how you can protect your business from them.
There are really four things you have to be aware of when you are considering if you’re looking at a phishing email. Let’s go through them now:
There is a Real Sense of Urgency to the Message
While a lot of the messages that we get in business have a demanding tone, there is something extraordinarily panicked about a phishing message. Essentially, phishing messages will urge the reader to take immediate action. This action could be in the form of clicking on links, downloading attachments, or giving over credentials that the scammer will then use to infiltrate organizational computing networks to deploy malware or siphon data.
Poor Grammar and Spelling
Many of these messages are created with the notion that the reader will be fooled by the overall legitimacy of the message. Many times they are subterfuge emails sent from a would-be financial institution or an insurance carrier; some business that has legitimacy. Typically, there are signs within the message itself that are blatant signs of its illegitimacy. Variables like misspelled words, poor use of grammar, and other red flags can tip users that the message is not legitimate.
The Domain Is Wrong for the Message
When someone sends an official email from a business, typically the domain name of the email address that is sending the email will represent the organization that the message is coming from. If the address doesn’t come from the organization that is sending the message, that is a giant red flag. Most reputable organizations pay good money to host their own domain and if the address you are getting a message from doesn’t represent that, you have to believe that it is a scam.
Suspicious Tone to the Message
You know the type of messages that you typically get. If a message you receive doesn’t meet the criteria of “normal”, you should immediately look to verify with the presumed sender of the message that it is legitimate. If it feels off, it probably is. Make sure you get this confirmation through a different means of communication.
Phishing attacks are everywhere. If you get messages that don’t feel right, don’t interact with them—follow up. For more great tips and tricks, read our other blogs on Phishing. If you’d like to up your information security or provide your team with phishing training, reach out to us today.