Managed IT Tips: What You Need to Know About Phishing

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There are a lot of complex and dangerous digital threats out there, but one that's getting more sophisticated by the day is phishing. What is phishing, how can you recognize it, and how can you avoid it? That's the focus of today's managed IT services tips.

The Truth About Phishing

There's a lot to know about phishing--and while you don't need to know all of it in order to keep your information and your business safe, it's important to brush up on as much info as you can so that you're prepared no matter what comes your way. There are three basic things to focus on when it comes to phishing: what it is, what it looks like, and how to avoid it. Plus, with a little wisdom from managed IT services, it's easier than ever to keep your data safe.

What is Phishing?

Phishing appears in different ways and uses different techniques depending on the target, but the goal is always the same: get personal data. Some types of phishing focus on mass populations without any personal information; other types target one individual specifically, and still, others hunt down high-profile victims and employ believable techniques to win sensitive information.

What Does Phishing Look Like?

Red flags that warn you of a possible scam include compressed files attached to a message, links where the hyperlink doesn't match the text, a lack of personalization, or extremely personal details like your name (and anything on your social media).

How Can You Avoid Phishing?

One of the best ways to avoid phishing is to protect all of your tech with managed IT services. You'll always be confident that your antivirus system is up to date, all software updates are installed, and your info is protected--plus you'll have help recognizing fraudulent links, files, and messages.

Ready to take action against phishing? Looking for managed IT services? Contact us today!