It seemed legitimate, yet I was suspicious it might be a phishing email. Phishing is a technique that tricks the email receiver into clicking on a link and then, boom, someone gains access to your computer and confidential information.
I knew the sender’s address was correct, so I replied to the email asking if this email came from him. A few minutes later, I received a reply. It assured me the email was legitimate and again encouraged me to download the information.
My instincts still screamed that it wasn’t right, so I picked up the phone and called the sender. Sure enough, this person had been hacked and was immersed in damage control. My email reply from “him” suddenly felt creepy.
Speaking of creepy, I recently watched a cybercrime segment on television in which a hacker showed how he got into a reporter’s laptop. Then the hacker watched the reporter’s every move through the camera on the reporter’s laptop. Yes, creepy.
Educate and protect yourself and your organization from phishing and other cyberattacks.
Education and protection may cost a little time and money now, but it will save you lots in the future.
To get started, read this helpful (and legitimate) information:
- Ten Ways to Avoid Phishing Scams
- 8 – Types of Cyber Attacks Your Business Needs to Avoid
- Can People Spy on Me Through My Laptop or Smartphone Camera?
Leaders protect their employees and their organizations in many ways. Unfortunately, it’s now a must to be diligent with cybercrime education and protection, too.