8 Tips to Keep Emails Safe at Your Jewelry Business
Crimes in the jewelry industry don’t always have to be violent or forceful. Some savvy criminals have taken to cyberspace and instead of stealing your physical inventory, they’re opting to target your bank account directly.
The scariest part of all is that they don’t have to be forceful by ‘hacking’ in cyberspace, either. By using lies and manipulation, these criminals – known as ‘phishers’ – use emails that appear to come from legitimate sources, such as your bank, and ask you for sensitive information. Many people will unknowingly comply and hand over this information!
Prevent yourself from falling victim to a phishing attack by following these tips:
1) If an unsolicited email asks for sensitive information, don’t respond to it
Better yet, avoid being tempted and never click on unsolicited emails in the first place.
2) Be wary of messages that impose threats if you fail to respond
3) Just because a link appears to take you to the web destination you anticipate, it could be phony
Always hover your cursor over all links in a message to view the actual URL. If you’re ever directed to go to your bank’s website, type in the appropriate web address on your own.
4) If a website requests sensitive information, check to see that it uses encryption
You can tell a website is using encryption if “https” is in the URL or you notice a padlock icon in your browser.
5) Never download files or open attachments if you suspect the email to be a fake
6) Phishing isn’t limited to just emails on your work computer
Criminals will also target you on your phone with phony texts and automated calls
What if it wasn’t your bank, but a trusted friend or colleague asking for sensitive information via email? Some criminals engage in the highly-targeted practice of “spear phishing”, which makes these emails appear nearly authentic.
Although it is more difficult to defend against, these tips can help thwart spear phishers:
7) Realize that any publicly facing information can make attacks seem more realistic
This not only goes for information on your website, but what criminals find out on social media as well.
8) If a subject line from a “friend” appears off, call them or send a separate email asking if it is truly them
Due to the nature of phishing attacks, it is not something that an insurance policy will typically cover. Most policies contain a False Pretense exclusion that excludes coverage when covered property has been voluntarily parted with through any fraudulent scheme, trick, device or false pretense.
This makes it increasingly important for you to stay vigilant when handling your sensitive information online.
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