In todays modern business world, sending or receiving emails is the common way to stay in touch. It is instantaneous and various attachments can to be added to the mail. It is an essential part of business, but unfortunately, sending e-mails may leave your PC and thus your company, open to viruses and spam. We need to therefore, set up some type of security to protect us from such things, like anti spam or phishing software, that easily recognises problems and stops them from getting into our computer systems. We can, however, protect ourselves from phishing and other such things and here are some tips on how to do just that.
- Get Protection – Ensure that you have software installed like Mailcleaner, which will stop malware reaching your employees’ mailboxes, so they can’t open themselves up to viruses, Trojans and spyware. You can also use a firewall, that acts as protection between you, your PC and the person who is trying to hack into your system. A desktop and a network firewall are available to you and the first, is a kind of software and the latter, hardware. When you use them together, they significantly reduce the number of phishing scams getting into your computer.
- Security Certificate – Make sure that when you enter a site that it has the correct security certificate and that its website begins with ‘https’, as this should indicate that the site is secure. If you stay on a secure website, then you shouldn’t run into any trouble. You may get messages from your PC, warning you not to enter a particular page. You need to heed this warning and do not open the website, you are looking at. Downloading files from sites that do not have security certificates is a definite no-no, and even your search engine may provide links that may send you to a phishing site.
- Get An AntiVirus – Use an antivirus that will protect you from malicious files before they get an opportunity to attack your computer. These people are continually adding phishing scams and viruses on a regular basis, just to try to get your personal or financial information. The antivirus scans the files which arrive via the internet to your computer, and makes sure that they don’t damage your PC. Make sure to update your antivirus regularly and if there is an option to let it update automatically, then tick that box.
- Be Aware – It should go without saying, but some people need to be reminded that they should never give out their personal or financial details to a site that they don’t know or trust. It is fairly easy to check scams, as you only need to enter the website or some key words into a search engine and more than likely, there will be a story on this particular phishing scam. If you are in any doubt as to a site’s authenticity, then go to the main website, get contact details and ask about it. It is that easy.
The internet should be a great source of information and a great way for business to keep in touch. You shouldn’t have to fear phishing scams and by following the tips here, you should be able to surf relatively worry free.