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How to Identify a Phishing Scam and What Applied's Tools and Services Do To Minimize The Risk of Exposure In Your Business.

Jennifer Foth

Feb 6, 2023

The Education Section - Don't be the next business to get scammed. Learn how to identify a phishing scam before it's too late.

At Applied Integration, we strive to ensure our customers are not exposed to any potential risks due to employee error. One of the most prevalent risks in today's digital world is that of phishing scams. As a company, and more importantly as a responsible business owner, you need to do all that you can to protect yourself and your business from falling victim to a malicious intent.

Phishing scams have become increasingly commonplace in recent years and can take many different forms. Generally speaking, it involves an actor sending an email or other form of communication with the intent of tricking someone into divulging personal or financial information such as passwords, account numbers, credit card details, and so on. The actor will often create a sense of urgency for the recipient to act quickly before something bad happens. They may also disguise themselves as legitimate organizations like banks or government agencies in order to gain trust. 

The best way to protect against these types of attacks is by training employees on proper detection methods. As a business owner, this means creating and enforcing policies that cover how employees should handle emails they receive from unknown sources and what steps they should take if they suspect something isn’t right; for example, alerting IT immediately if they receive an email that looks suspicious or contains strange links or attachments. Additionally, make sure your staff understands the importance of keeping their login credentials secure and changing them regularly as well as avoiding clicking on links when browsing the web or opening emails from unknown senders – no matter how convincing it may seem It’s also important that employees understand their own online behavior and how their actions could be used against them (or your organization) by cyber criminals — for example: using public Wi-Fi networks without encrypting data first or leaving mobile devices unattended in public places where malicious actors can access them easily.  

Given the prevalence of phishing scams today, it’s more important than ever for businesses – especially those handling sensitive information – to invest in training their staff on how to identify and prevent these threats. Investing time into educating your team pays off in the long run by reducing risk and protecting your organization from potentially costly damage caused by falling victim to phishers’ schemes.

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