A recent security breach at Epsilon, one of the largest permission-based marketing companies has led to the compromise of a significant number of email addresses and personal names. Epsilon’s services are used by corporations to manage and distribute email communications to customers.
This security breach and others in the past highlight the steps that spammers, identity thieves, and criminals are taking to get your personal data. This most recent breach opens the possibility for highly targets phishing attacks called “spear phishing.” Those responsible for the attack may have your name, email address, and the store or company that you were doing business with and can tailor an email with that information that could easily pass off as a legitimate email.
SolutionWorx has always been a strong believer in securing your business environment. We use best-in-class security products and services in a multi-layered approach to protect your network, computers, and inboxes. That said, it is always good to use common sense and be an additional layer of protection.
Common ways to protect yourself from falling victim to phishing attacks
- Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal financial information. Call the bank if they need anything from you.
- Spot a Phish: Phishers typically include upsetting or exciting (but false) statements in their emails to get people to react immediately
- They typically ask for information such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, date of birth, etc.
- Don’t use the links in an email, instant message, or chat to get to any web page if you suspect the message might not be authentic or you don’t know the sender or user’s handle
- Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for personal financial information in emails
- Regularly check your bank, credit and debit card statements to ensure that all transactions are legitimate
- If anything is suspicious or you don’t recognize the transaction, contact your bank and all card issuers
- Ensure that your browser is up to date and security patches applied
Anti-Phishing Working Group
Recently there has been an increase in the number of phishing attempts stating that there are errors with your email account or that the size or quota of your account has been exceeded. In general, please use caution when clicking on any link in an email, even if they seemingly come from a trusted source.
If you are concerned about an email or suspect a potential security problem on your PC, please contact us to discuss.