Phishing attacks are a growing threat to small and medium businesses, and they can have devastating consequences. Recent studies* show that 90% of cyberattacks start with a phishing email. As a cybersecurity provider for small and medium businesses, Zeta Sky is committed to helping businesses protect themselves against these attacks. In this blog post, we will provide some useful tips on how to spot and avoid phishing emails, and offer a cyber risk analysis to help protect your business.
Phishing emails are designed to look like legitimate emails from trusted sources such as banks, social media platforms, or other online services. They often contain urgent or threatening language and ask you to take action, such as clicking on a link, opening an attachment, or entering your personal information. These emails can be difficult to spot, but there are some common signs to look out for:
- Check the sender’s email address: Often, phishing emails come from email addresses that are similar to but not exactly the same as legitimate ones. Look for misspelled words, extra characters, or slight variations in the email address.
- Check for urgent or threatening language: Phishing emails often use language that creates a sense of urgency, such as “Your account has been compromised” or “Your access will be blocked.” Legitimate emails are unlikely to use this kind of language.
- Check for generic greetings: Phishing emails often use generic greetings like “Dear customer” or “Dear user,” rather than your name. Legitimate emails are more likely to address you by name.
- Check for suspicious links or attachments: Phishing emails often contain links or attachments that can download malware or take you to a fake website where your personal information can be stolen. Always hover over links to see where they lead before clicking.
If you receive a suspicious email, the best thing to do is to delete it immediately. You can also report it to the legitimate organization it appears to come from so they can take appropriate action.
To protect yourself from phishing attacks, you should also take some preventive measures:
- Keep your software and antivirus up-to-date: This will help protect you from known vulnerabilities and threats.
- Use two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts, making it more difficult for cybercriminals to gain access.
- Be cautious with your personal information: Never give out your personal information, such as your social security number or credit card information, in response to an email.
At Zeta Sky, we believe that prevention is key when it comes to cybersecurity. That’s why we are offering a cyber risk analysis to small and medium businesses. This analysis will help you identify potential vulnerabilities in your network and provide recommendations on how to improve your security posture. With this offer, you can get a better understanding of your cyber risk exposure and take steps to protect your business from cyber threats. Contact us today to schedule your free cyber risk analysis and take the first step towards a more secure future for your business.
* 2021 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report