As our businesses have moved towards digital convenience, criminals have moved online, too. Below are some tips to help you keep your data safe.
If you have an email account, you likely receive lots of junk emails from organisations that you’ve never heard of. These are easy to ignore, most of the time we don’t even need to open them, we can just hit the delete button. However, email accounts can get hacked and malicious emails can then be sent to contacts stored in the account address book, looking like it comes from a friend, colleague, or perhaps a trusted organisation. There are a few simple checks that you can do to help you decide whether the email is genuine.
Hover the cursor over the email address of the sender, if it doesn’t match the email address that you have for this contact or organisation, it’s likely the email is malicious.
What is the email requiring from you? Is it asking for information or is the email providing information to you? If you’re being asked to provide information, you should be more cautious.
If there’s a link in the email, you can hover the cursor over the link, this will display the address for the website you’re being directed to. Before you click the link, check the organisation’s official website to make sure they match.
You should be cautious when opening an attachment, if possible, use your anti-virus software to scan it before opening. If this is not possible, consider whether there is another way that you can validate that it’s genuine. Look at a trusted source like a previous letter or company website to obtain contact information so you can get in touch with the sender to verify the attachment before opening.
You can find more tips for keeping safe online by visiting the Action Fraud website Sometimes fraudsters pretend to be contacting you from or on behalf of a law firm. This is because people trust the legal profession to act with honesty and integrity. The Solicitors Regulation Authority website allows you to check for scams relating to law firms, as well as validating the credentials of Regulated Law Firms.