The past couple of years has seen a rapid change in the way businesses are conducted. Any and every business operating in the present world has an online presence. Considering an increase in our online exposure, a little diligence could go a long way in securing your information. The latest Google Docs phishing attack is one such example. While Google was quick to shut down the program, it did incur substantial damages to the hacked accounts. Here are a couple of steps you can take to avoid being a victim of such attacks.
- Take a pause before clicking a link: The lack of attention while checking your email is one of the primary weaknesses phishing attacks capitalize on. Users often download files or click on links before checking the senders’ profile. Pay attention towards unexpected emails and if the sender has an unusual number of addresses in the cc list, avoid downloading or clicking the content.
- Is that a safe URL to click? Before clicking on a link, hover your mouse over it, following which, you should be able to see the target URL at the left-bottom of your browser. If the link is taking you to an unexpected address or a destination different from the link text, it could be a fraud e-mail.
- Be diligent while giving a third-party access to your account: With a lot of applications using Google or Facebook login authentication, users often grant access without checking the application thoroughly. Be vigilant when a link within your email seeks account access. You can practice a similar procedure before giving access to third-party applications.
- Upgrade your online safety with latest features: A lot of websites including Google and Facebook require a one-time-password or security code when you log-in to a new device. Make sure to implement two-factor authentication, which requires you to authorize new logins through your cell phone or a secondary email. Keep your account information updated.
- Protection against identity theft: Identity theft is one of the most common cyber crimes in present times. In 2016 alone, 15.4 million cases of some type of identity theft were reported, totaling losses of up to $16 billion.
If you believe you are a victim of an identity theft or a tax scam, be sure to take appropriate action to limit the damage. The legal experts at LegalShield can help guide you along the legal process to protect your identity. Contact us today to get started.