Promote security awareness to keep company data safe
posted by Ben Hayden on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in SHAZAM Blog
In this time of social distancing, with remote work a necessity, there’s a good chance employees are using their company computer or smartphone to buy groceries and other goods online. These actions may put your institution at risk. Educate employees to be alert and watch for scams that can compromise security on work and personal computers.
Share these tips for safer online shopping
- When shopping online, confirm the site is secure. To ensure the safest shopping experience online, be sure the link starts with, “https.” The “s” stands for secure. Also look for a padlock, which is usually found in the bar at the top of the screen next to the web address.
- Use your mouse to hover over web addresses. Make sure the link directs to a legitimate website. Look for typos, repeated letters and other misspellings that can indicate a spoofed site. When in doubt, type the web address into the search bar.
- Pay close attention to the sender's email address. The domain name should match the retailer's legitimate website. A spoofed email address may look legitimate. Hover over the address to check for characters in the address that look correct but are different. For instance, a W may be represented with two Vs, as in Kvvill@company.com, instead of Kwill@company.com.
- Don’t inadvertently give your credentials to fraudsters by logging in to view a coupon or special COVID-19 deal. Legitimate retailers won’t ask for this information.
Security awareness is everyone’s responsibility
Social engineering is the art of manipulating, influencing or deceiving you in order to gain control over your computer system. These attempts can be convincing and confusing. Train your staff and educate your accountholders so they don’t fall victim to these scams. Working together, we can fight this type of fraud, and ultimately reduce data breaches and compromises.
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