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Phishing is a term that most of us are familiar with now, especially if we spend time online.

Back in the mid 90’s, hackers started to attack online customers with cleverly created algorithms which were designed to crack passwords which opened up access to all sorts of information.

Phishers went on to pose as employees of well-known companies and would send messages to users, asking for them to verify their account details.  Today there are many domains that look like legitimate sites and a random email sent at the right time can easily catch you out.

If you’re unsure, take time to look for the signs that point to fraudulent behaviour. Often a spoof email won’t have your name, it might just say “Dear Customer”.  There may be the odd use of grammar and spelling mistakes. The email address might be lengthy with added wording or phrases. Often the logos or photos appear blurry.

Of course, the tell-tale signs are that the email will usually be asking you to click on a link or download an attachment.  This will be a virus that will then infect your device with malware and give the fraudsters access to your information. If this happens to you, report it straight away, don’t hope for the best.

Its important to remember that attacks can happen to all sort of devices, not just your office pc, if it connects to the internet then the device can be attacked.

Keep on top of your security, educate yourselves and your staff as to how to protect against the threats online. There are many articles and short courses online to help you make the first step to staying secure.

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