Did you know phishing scams are a popular way for viruses, malware and ransomware to make it onto your network? All it takes is one click on an email link saying, “When I saw this cat video, I immediately thought about you...” for a virus to infect your network. It happens innocently enough, yet the results can be devastating.
Your data, like any other resource in your brokerage is an extremely valued asset worth protecting. Here’s a few tips on how to protect it.
Recently, the Policy Works tech support team assisted at least a half dozen brokerages recover data after a security breach. It was discovered that several of them have never performed a data backup. As much as we want to help, there’s not much anyone can do if your data is not backed up.
Talk to your IT people to make sure they have procedures in place and back ups are performed frequently.
Here is an example from Microsoft of what a phishing scam in an email message might look like.
Things like spelling and grammar mistakes, threats and links in the email are usual suspects when it comes to scams. If you receive an email that looks suspicious, do the following:
Finally, move the suspicious email to your junk folder or block the sender if you don’t recognize the address.
You should have some type of anti virus protection installed on your computer or network like McAfee, Norton or Webroot. When performing an Internet search, it instantly identifies websites that may contain a potential virus.
Your IT department can verify what type of anti virus software is on your computer and network. Depending on the size of your brokerage, your IT department may have inappropriate search words and websites blocked for everyone’s safety. Unfortunately, there are thousands of scams out there and as soon as one is detected, another is taking its place.
As a cat owner, I know how hard it is to resist those super-cute videos. However, when I feel the need to indulge, I’ll watch ones my family, friends or I have made. Or better still, I’ll wait until I get home to watch cat shenanigans live and in person!