Leaving the front door of your business wide open all night would be an obvious security risk no business owner would allow. But unless you are constantly aware of the dangers - and continually improving staff awareness - you may be inviting problems for data security.
Your company email accounts can be an open door to scams and a data security risk as well. This Email Security Checklist can help you avoid scams, viruses and ransomware that threaten your data security.
1. Is the sender address right? Check by hovering over over the sender email address .
2. Is this an unusual request?
Banks and government offices don't ask for information online. Check before replying If the email asks you to do something - like send your pin number or birthdate or social security number or account number.
3. Is the sender asking for gift cards?
Many scams ask you to buy gift cards - to pay a bill, as a gift, to help out a friend or relative. Get hold of the person supposedly making the request using some other means of communication - a phone number already in your phone, an email address you have used before.
4. Are they asking for money?
These are probably all scams - so check carefully with the person involved or a family member - or ask your local bank for help in identifying current scams.
5. Do they want you to pay a bill?
Check before paying a bill - even if the email threatens to take action if you don't act immediately.
6. Is this an urgent request?
Like mom said, "haste makes waste." If the email suggests you must act fast, take a second look, ask a co-worker or friend and think twice about complying.
7. Are there any suspicious looking links or attachments?
8. Does your company have a policy about this sort of request?
Awareness is your best defense against scam emails - read your company policies to learn how to handle possibly fraudulent emails.
Have a technical question about scams? Give Olympia Computer a call at 360 995-1010.
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