Phishing is a common cybercrime in today’s tech-savvy society. We’ve all heard the term and know that it’s bad, but how much do you really know about what phishing is, how to recognize a phishing message, and how to protect your network? This helpful guide has all the details to help you turn your business’s IT network into a “No Phishing Zone”.
What Is Phishing?
Phishing is a form of fraud that occurs when a target is contacted by either text, phone, or email by an individual acting as a legitimate person or company. The hacker uses phishing emails to administer either malicious attachments or links, which then allows them to extract private information from their victims, such as their account information and login credentials.
In many cases, these messages containing malicious links and attachments appear to be from an individual or company that they know. The objective of the phishing message is to either install malware on the victim’s device, or to guide them to a malicious website in order to mislead them into entering financial or personal information. This could include account usernames and passwords, credit card information, etc.
How to Recognize a Phishing Message
Email phishing is by far the most common type of phishing scam used to target businesses. The most successful phishing emails or messages are difficult to differentiate from legitimate emails. This is because cybercriminals will often pose as someone you know. Closer inspection of the email will often reveal the truth, however. Some indications of phishing could include misspelled URLs, names and email addresses, requests to verify personal or financial information, or messages with grammatical and spelling mistakes. However, if your network, email, or website have critical security vulnerabilities, it is difficult to prevent phishing and other types of cybercrime.
Know Your Technology Vulnerabilities
It is critical to keep your customer information and business data protected. Rest assured, hackers will work just as hard as you do to find ways to access your data through vulnerabilities in your network, website, and email system. You need to get and stay at least a step ahead of them. To help keep your valuable business information secure, ThrottleNet is offering a free External Vulnerability Audit to discover your weak spots before hackers do.
Discovering Your Network's Weak Spots
A Free ThrottleNet External Vulnerability Audit Checks For:
- Domain vulnerabilities: ensures client information is secure and your URL is safe from malware and phishing.
- Website weaknesses: scans your website for possible threats. This could include malware, blacklisting status, website errors, and software issues.
- Email threats: searches for proper spam filtering to prevent malware and phishing attacks, and ensures your email server is not blacklisted.
- Network security issues: looks your network to find all possible open external entryway threats, such as misconfigured services or ports.
Once your audit is performed, ThrottleNet will contact you to review the results and discuss possible solutions to safeguard your company’s data and IT infrastructure.
Get a Free IT Vulnerability Check in St. Louis, MO
Let ThrottleNet detect your weak spots before cybercriminals do. To get started, contact ThrottleNet to get your free audit. Don’t become phish bait! ThrottleNet will eliminate the hooks and network vulnerabilities to ensure your business IT is a “No Phishing Zone”.