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Discover our 5 tips for recognizing a cyberattack attempt in 2020

Increasingly perfectionist and cunning, cybercriminals are redoubling their efforts to craft powerful and innovative computer attacks. Destructive, realistic, and well concealed, these become difficult to identify. This is why today we are sharing with you 5 tips for recognizing a cyberattack and effectively securing your structure.

1. Pay attention to the spelling

We agree that anyone can make a spelling mistake or two in a business email without realizing it. But if the number of faults is too high, it is better to be wary! So, if you receive a suspicious email, and it’s full of spelling mistakes and syntax errors, it must be a computer attack attempt.

As an added tip, also check the syntax and spelling on the sender’s email address. If this is doubtful, it seems safer not to respond to this email …

2. Check the seriousness of the proposed offer

If you have ever received an email announcing a victory in a competition or an extremely well-paid job offer to which you have not previously applied, then you have already had to deal with a cyberattack.

Often used to obtain private data (like your bank details, for example) or to extract money from you, these offers which are far too tempting to be true are frequently used by hackers. So, if you receive such an email, here is what you can do to verify its authenticity:

  • Search the name and sender of the email on the Internet to see notices
  • Do web research on the entity linked to the offer
  • Compare the offer received with other existing ones on the market

3. Examine the authenticity of the login pages

With phishing and spear-phishing, hackers have managed to develop login pages very similar to those of banks, tax centers, online payment platforms, and many more. And unfortunately, there are many people who fall for these imitations.

So how do you avoid falling into the trap? The first step is to check every detail of the page carefully (URL link, logo, visual identity …) and if the doubt persists or you are not sure, you just have to go to your bank page or the imitated entity to compare the two. At the slightest difference, you will have to get rid of this email.

Fearsome and highly effective, phishing is the most prolific attack of 2019 and 2020. To protect your business, it becomes imperative to train in the detection of this type of cyberattack.

4. Do not get carried away by a climate of urgency

Playing on emotions and creating a climate of agonizing urgency are some of the methods used by cyber attackers to achieve their objectives. Their goal? Make you panic to get the information they want.

But what if I receive an alert email? First, do not respond to the email while panicking, otherwise, you will regret it later. Then, take the time to analyze everything, the consistency of the request, the content of the email, or the name and address of the sender. In addition, if the hacker poses as one of your relatives or someone in your professional circle, do not hesitate to contact the person concerned directly to verify the request.

The next time you get an emergency email, don’t be rushed and follow our advice, it just might save you from being trapped!

5. Pay attention to unusual requests

Very clever, hackers use everyday requests to turn them against you. Request for bank account number, change of bank card, request for taxes, or even bank details for an order, beware of these innocuous emails which can be much more dangerous than you think.

It’s essential not to respond to emails hastily. If you want to make sure they are true, you can call your banker or a manager of the entity mentioned in the email to verify the origin of the request. You can also check the sender’s email address, including the syntax and the domain name to make sure it is the same as the one on official emails from your bank or otherwise.

How does an email protection solution protect you from attempted cyber-attacks?

If Mailinblack Protect manages to guarantee you infallible protection against all cyberattacks transiting by email, it’s above all thanks to all its unique technologies on the market:

  • An authentication request to verify the identity of senders wanting to contact you, while blocking email chains and bots
  • A white and blacklists system that allows you to manage senders between those authorized to communicate with you and those you have decided to block
  • Secure Link: A URL links checking system to verify the ones you get in your emails
  • A blocked emails report giving you visibility on blocked emails in the interface

Efficient and reliable, all these technologies allow the cybersecurity of your structure.

You can also assess the vigilance of your employees in the face of computer attacks, in particular phishing attempts, thanks to the new Mailinblack Phishing Coach product. This allows you to simulate phishing in your organization in order to study the reaction of your users, to raise their awareness, and train them afterward.

Do you want maximum security for your email against hackers? Don’t wait any longer and choose Mailinblack, a trusted partner!

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