Alarming Emails: Could You Be Fooled? More Tools For Cyber Security

What if you were scrolling through your emails one day and you saw a subject line that read, “Please Pay Your Speeding Ticket Today”. What! A speeding ticket? Where? When? So you open the email. The message tells you that a traffic camera on a nearby street clocked you going 45 mph in a 30 mph zone. This is a serious offense and could be costly. However, if you pay your fine immediately, you can avoid points on your driver’s license. Click Here to connect to your local law enforcement and pay your fine by credit card.

By now you may have figured out that this could be malware, but maybe you should just click to see if it opens to a photo of your local police station or some other familiar institution? Maybe you know you can’t afford to get any points on your license, so how can you not try to take a look? I think we would all waver at least a moment, searching recent memory for any fast driving when late, or trying to remember which local intersections have cameras. And it won’t surprise you to hear me say: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU CLICK ON THAT LINK!

Aptica’s Employee Awareness Training for cybersecurity is a program that teaches all who use your company computers how to respond to emails similar to the example above. Another popular malicious email is one claiming to be a notice of a large charge to your credit card. Click Here to verify that you made this purchase. There are ways to respond to such a notice other than clicking on the link provided. We will teach your staff how to properly and safely verify alarming emails without opening your business network to hackers.

It’s A Non-Stop Battle Now To Keep Hackers Out Of Your Networks

Almost as fast as we can teach prevention, the bad guys come up with new ways to trick us. We have learned that awareness training for business also helps protect owners and employees from opening emails with malware on their mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, which they may later use to connect to their desks at the office. If there is no education on these practices, unfortunately, the only people learn about is from a bad experience.

Prevention through knowledge and understanding is an investment in your network safety. Aptica can answer your questions about employee awareness training.

Jason Newburg, 260.243.5100, ext 2001, is the founder and owner of Aptica LLC. This IT management and support company has been serving small to medium-sized businesses for 15 years in the area that includes Angola, South Bend, and Fort Wayne, IN, Battle Creek, MI, and Toledo, OH.

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