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Three simple tips to avoid cybersecurity threats

Suffering from a cybersecurity issue can be a major problem for any organisation. Whether you’re a small business or a national organisation, a computer virus could destroy important documents and stop you from operating for weeks. There are a few simple steps you can take to prevent these issues, so read on to see what you can do to protect your business from cybercrime.

Always verify email senders

Phishing attacks occur when an external organisation gets into your email system and asks for information, usually by trying to deceive you. This can come through a form pretending to be from your bank or a fake login page, encouraging you to hand over passwords or financial information. If you give the malicious party all of this information, you put yourself entirely at their mercy. By giving the sender a call when you receive an email you’re not expecting, you can learn from the horse’s mouth whether or not you should be replying with sensitive information.

Don’t open emailed links

If you receive a link in an email from an account that you don’t yet trust, don’t open it. It could be redirecting you to a phony website that is pretending to be a bank or other trusted institution. If you’re curious, you can often copy and paste the address into your search bar to get around any redirects, but you should only do this if you know the website already.

Avoid downloading untrusted files

In business, it can be important to transfer files between employees, and this often means via email. However, files that have been emailed might not always be checked for malicious content. These can include anything from viruses that can spread in your network to ransomware which will hold your entire system hostage until you pay out. This issue can be very easily avoided by not opening files that come from untrusted sources.

If you’re interested in quality IT security services you can trust, contact the Computerman IT team to find out what we can do to keep your organisation secure against digital security threats.