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As soon as Facebook announced grants for coronavirus-hit businesses, scammers went phishing.

post last updated /July 11, 2023 / 05:10am Est by: Creative Pages /



Unfortunately, scammers often take advantage of situations like the announcement of grants or any major events to launch phishing attacks. Phishing is a deceptive technique used by cybercriminals to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, or financial details. As a business owner, it's crucial to be aware of these risks and take steps to protect yourself and your business from phishing attacks. Here are some tips to help you avoid falling victim to phishing

 

scams:

  1. Be cautious with email and other communications: Be skeptical of emails, text messages, or phone calls that request sensitive information or ask you to click on suspicious links. Avoid providing any confidential information unless you have verified the legitimacy of the source.

  2. Verify the legitimacy of requests: If you receive an email or message that appears to be from a reputable organization, such as Facebook, claiming to offer grants or assistance, take the time to verify its authenticity. Contact the organization directly using official contact information to confirm the request before taking any action.

  3. Look out for suspicious links and attachments: Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unfamiliar or suspicious sources. Hover your mouse over links to see the actual URL before clicking on them. Make sure the website's address begins with "https://" and has a padlock icon, indicating a secure connection.

  4. Educate yourself and your employees: Stay informed about common phishing techniques and educate your employees about the risks. Train them to recognize suspicious emails, links, and attachments, and encourage a culture of cybersecurity awareness within your organization.

  5. Keep software up to date: Regularly update your operating system, web browsers, and other software to ensure you have the latest security patches. Outdated software can have vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit.

  6. Use strong and unique passwords: Create strong passwords that include a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Use a different password for each online account and consider using a password manager to securely store and generate passwords.

  7. Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA): Enable MFA whenever possible to provide an additional layer of security. This ensures that even if your password is compromised, an attacker would still need access to another factor, such as a verification code sent to your mobile device, to gain access to your accounts.

  8. Install reliable security software: Use reputable antivirus and anti-malware software on all your devices and keep them up to date. These programs can help detect and prevent phishing attempts, as well as other forms of malicious activity.

By following these precautions and maintaining a vigilant approach to online security, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to phishing scams and protect your business from potential harm.

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