My PR clients, WithumSmith + Brown, shared tips for protecting yourself online. Here are three of the ideas from Anurag Sharma’s article:
With the ever changing technologies of today, data breaches and cybersecurity are at the forefront of our minds, and rightfully so. The number of successful cyberattacks in the U.S. has grown 144% in the past four years. Attacks are happening daily, with 62% of these attacks targeting small to midsized businesses.
So how do you start protecting you and your organization? Over the next few weeks, Withum will share top tips to becoming more cyber secure. These small steps could save you and your organization from falling victim to a cyber breach or attack.
Tip #2 – Think Before You Click
Don’t fall for a “phishing attack”. Never click a link or open an attachment that you did not expect to receive. Scams today look very convincing, coming in the form of voicemails, e Faxes, invoices, social media, ADP theme, or from the IRS. If you receive a LinkedIn invite by email, confirm it is real by signing into the LinkedIn website or use your mobile app. If you’re not expecting something or have to think twice about the contents, don’t open it. If you do, you’re opening hackers to the contents of your computer. Contact your IT department if you think an email is suspect, or just delete it and report it as SPAM.
Tip #3 – Prevent Email Fraud
Since January 2015, there has been a 270% increase in email fraud instances. There have been over 17,642 victims and $2.3 billion in losses between October 2013 and February 2016, with the most prominent one being Ubiquity Networks that became a victim of a $46.7 million “CEO email fraud.”
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