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Gone Phishing! Understanding Security Scams & Business Complications

Today’s cybercriminals use sophisticated software to slip into businesses’ networks and gain access to their most sensitive information. In a lot of situations, however, that advanced software can’t cause any damage unless some basic human error has allowed it into the system. For all the focus placed on shoring up networks with advanced security software that guards against all types of threats, many cyber attacks on businesses are instigated by a simple scam. The most common of these types of attacks is the phishing scam, where an email purportedly from a legitimate source tricks the recipient into sending his or her passwords, Social Security numbers or other sensitive data. Other types of scams may involve malware attached to an otherwise innocent-looking PDF.

The importance of businesses protecting themselves against these types of attacks cannot be overstated. Today, the average cost can be into the millions of dollars, which puts small businesses especially at risk. The accompanying checklist contains common types of security scams small businesses need to watch for, as well as some practical tips for protecting themselves. Your business may have a state-of-the-art security system, but that won’t help if someone holds the door open for a thief.


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  1. The notable increase in identity theft and malware, especially in the social sphere, is mainly due to a certain perception of intimacy of social media: users do not recognize them as a threat, the sentiment of trust is particularly high and the presence of these two conditions make the most fertile terrain for hacker attacks.
    The unbridled race to acquire as many contacts as possible makes no sense and increases the risk. It makes no sense because then you are not in a position to relate to everyone. It is a risk because our social media accounts are an important extension of our identity, they contain personal data, which makes them critical from the cybersecurity point of view.
    This should push everyone, beyond the necessary regulations, to select and reduce the dissemination of their data, photos, information on their networks.

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