RJ2 Technologies has the tools and expertise to protect your business from malicious emails.
Below are some suggested guidelines to help protect yourself against these threats when suspicious mail arrives within your mailbox:
1. If you receive a phishing e-mail message, do not respond to it. Don’t open junk mail at all!
- To protect yourself from phishing scams sent through e-mail, if an email looks suspicious, don’t risk your personal information by responding to it.
- Delete junk email messages without opening them. Sometimes even opening spam can alert spammers or put an unprotected computer at risk.
- Don’t reply to email unless you’re certain that the message comes from a legitimate source. This includes not responding to messages that offer an option to “Remove me from your list.” Do not “unsubscribe” unless the mail is from a known or trusted sender.
- Inside of Outlook – you can right click on any email – click report spam and click Report Phishing as shown below
2. Approach links in email messages with caution
- Links in phishing email messages often take you to phony sites that encourage you to transmit personal or financial information to con artists. Avoid clicking a link in an email message unless you are sure of the real target address, URL, or a valid sender.
3. Approach images in e-mail with caution
- Just as a beacon within the oceans transmits a message or data back to a source, images within email messages —also known as “web beacons” — can be used to secretly send a message back to the sender.
- Spammers rely on information returned by these images to locate active e-mail addresses. Images can also contain harmful codes and can be used to deliver a spammer’s message in spite of filters.
- The best defense against web beacons is to prevent pictures from downloading until you’ve had a chance to review the message. Most offline mail clients include these settings.
4. Approach attachments in email messages with caution
- Attachments might be viruses or spyware that download to your machine when you open the attachment file.
- If you don’t know whom the attachment is from or if you weren’t expecting it, DO NOT open the attachment.
5. Don’t trust the sender information in an e-mail message
- Even if the email message appears to come from a particular sender that you know and trust, use the same precautions that you would use with any other email message.
- Spoofing is email activity in which the sender address and other parts of the email header are altered to appear as though the email originated or was sent from a different source.
- This is a common practice of spammers and is one of the hardest to combat as there may be legitimate reasons to spoof an address.
6. Don’t trust offers that seem too good to be true
- If a deal or offer in an email message looks too good to be true, it probably is. The best defense is to exercise your common sense when you read and respond to email messages.
7. Report suspicious email
- If you receive a suspicious email that looks like it came from a company that you know and trust, report the email to the faked or “spoofed” organization.
- Contact the organization directly (not through the email you received) and ask for confirmation on the validity of the message.
- Or call the organization’s toll-free number and speak to a customer service representative.
8. Don’t enter personal or financial information into pop-up windows
- One common phishing technique is to launch a fake pop-up window when someone clicks a link in a phishing e-mail message.
- To make the pop-up window look more convincing, it might be displayed over a window you trust. Even if the pop-up window looks official or claims to be secure, avoid entering sensitive information, because there is no way to check the security certificate.
- Close pop-up windows by clicking the red X in the top right corner as the “Cancel” button may not work as you’d expect it would.
9. Don’t forward potentially malicious email messages
- If you forward the email, you also may be aiding in the delivery of a virus to others in the organization.
- If you receive an email that you are not expecting and you believe it to be malicious, you can send a new email to RJ2 with the following details:
- From Address
- Subject of the Email
- Date the email was received
Does your business have everything it needs in order to protect itself from malicious emails? Give us a call today at 847-303-1194 to learn more about how we can help.